Cherry Laurel - is it useless?
While it's supposed to be a shrub, Cherry Laurel (link omitted as I don't have ten posts) grows here in the Pacific Northwest like a weed. Over last winter, I've pulled a lot of it out of our back yard to the point where I have well over half a cord of it piled up.
In all my searching, I've found that it splits really badly so that making planks or turning bowls ends in heartache. I've tried sawing it a bit after leaving it over the winter, and it gummed up any blade used pretty badly. Apparently it pops a lot when burned (I haven't tested this as we don't have a fire pit). The only use I can think of is to make some 'rustic' furniture like willow furniture for the yard. Too bad I thought of this after I cut up most of the 1-2" diameter bits into the yard waste bin!
Has anyone tried to do anything with cherry laurel? Should I cut it up and have it hauled off, or is there some sort of redemption to be had with it?