The SE is home to a myriad of Eucalypts of varying shapes and sizes, but one particular gum tree on a Cadgee Rd property near Naracoorte caught the attention of local Merv Zanker when he noticed it had fallen over.
With an impressive trunk diameter of around 10 ft and numerous sizeable branches, Merv called upon the help of SE hay baler and farmer Sam Schinckel to remove it.
“When Merv told me about this big gum tree that blew down, around 10 ft in diameter, I thought ‘I'll believe that when I see it’,” Sam laughed.
“It’s just huge – it was leaning to one side, and with the wet ground last winter it let go.”
Due to its enormous size, Sam took the opportunity to mill the trunk with the idea of creating some furniture out of it to ensure the timber was not wasted.
“I’m going to try and make it into table tops. I’ve made some tables and table tops before, I guess it’s just a bit of a hobby of mine,” he said.
Sam said the exercise was quite difficult due to the size of the trunk, but was made much easier with the assistance of Andrew Cameron.
“I do like a good challenge. I haven’t seen many gum trees as big as that in the local area,” he said.
“It would have to be at least 400 or 500 years old, it could even be more.”
Sam said he’s not sure where he’ll find a bigger tree to mill, but he’ll keep looking until he does.
Did you enjoy this story? Check out the story we ran on the mammoth mushroom found by farmer Alan Smith on a Joanna property last year here
While you’re at it, why not have a look at the photos of local man John Borg’s unusual lemon he found growing in his garden here