As I struggle through this woodworking ennui, I have turned my attention to my chainsaws and to slabbing. 3" thick spalted maple slabs, old growth red cedar, and catalpa have all been milled. Maple shown below.
I even went back and had another go at what I called before the 'death elm' since it nearly killed me to mill last time. This time though, a better set up of the log combined with a very carefully sharpened chain made all the difference! It actually buoyed my spirits somewhat. Note the steeper angle that the log is set at, this makes a big difference in the amount of pushing I need to do. This way gravity does most of the work!
I wasn't planning on cutting any more of this elm but I got a request to do it, so I went down one snowy morning and got one slab taken off in about 1/2 hour. One of those rare times that everything went nearly perfectly, even with the 60" bar. A lady wants this slab for a garden bench.