Hi guys! Today I’m finally sharing some of my tipss and tricks for hollowing out live wood, it’s different than milled wood and can be pretty tricky. So people ask me a lot how I do it. What type of tools that I use, so today I’m going to share with you. My first tree stump was hollowed out actually by hand using a mallet and chisels and I was able to do that because when i found this tree stump it was actually rotted out in the center so it was really just a matter of removing the rotted material. But as I started to use other trees that weren’t rotted it became very clear that I was not going to be able to do it by hand and so I had to graduate to a power tool something with enough power to get the job done. This is when my chainsaw became my new best friend. Now, when i moved to a bigger tree like the I found in salt lake city I had to really, really stretch the way I was approaching the problem. So I did some research and found that the Indians used to do dugout canoes by burning the center out of them. But frankly this is the outcome that I saw as very likely so I started to experiment with other tools. The hammer grill with a sharpened shovel bit ended up being really, really helpful for me particularly on the part of the tree that was rotten. They don’t normally come super sharp so I just sharpen mine and it worked like a huge chisel. I thought that was great. One of the most helpful tools for me was my four-and-a-half inch grinder with a Lancelot bit. So, if you look really closely at the bit you can see it’s really just a circular chain saw. Which is well, its kind of gnarly and super, super dangerous. So the thing with this is you really, really have to have the muscle strength in order to handle it because it definitely can get pretty wild. On a kinder, more gentler note this is a dremel multi-max. So, it’s a vibrating or oscillating saw. I didn’t discover this until I was you know really well into the process of doing this. THIS IS AWESOME! You can do all these plunge cuts so it’s perfect for cutting stairs like nice and even super easy. I wish I had had this a lot earlier. It would have been one of my favorite tools just around the house. So there you have it! That’s how I do it. Remember, this is not an activity for the beginner or even the novice. Please make sure that if you’re going to attempt this, that you’re doing it safely. That you have the experience and expertise with with all of these tools in order to use them safely, and you also have the power in order to handle them safely. Because they are, well, when they bite they tend to take off fingers. And so you want all your fingers when the day is over. Also, for for those of you who have shared my GoFundMe campaign, thank you so much! I really appreciate your help and support Please continue to share it online and encourage the people who are sharing it with to share it as well shares are just as valuable as donations So, if you don’t mind, I would really appreciate the continued support and I hope everyone is doing well, and have a great day!