Wasted in Western Dakota: from waste to wanted in two moves

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Blog entry by BarryW posted 09-21-2007 12:13 AM 1199 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woodworkers are changing their spots. We just don’t want to make things and toss the waste away. Nor do we want others to waste the resources it took so long to grow. Here’s a couple of examples and a few ideas. I rose from my chair and cheered something I saw in high definition the other night…a pair of New York designers, woodworkers who are creating furniture from scrap wood…called Scrapile. If you’re looking for ideas…or ways to use your scrap or the scrap of others, visit their website. They’re selling their product for real money…and they’re using woodwaste that would otherwise be tossed. Great idea. Saving the resources of our planet is certainly an additional reason to build useful and beautiful things from wood. And they’ve created some unique designs. Three cheers for recycling and those who do. In a way it’s like my own story. This summer I acquired a 10 foot maple tree trunk and another 3 foot crotch from an 85 year old man who knew the wood could be used for useful and beautiful creations. Acquiring this tree trunk just reminded how important it is not to waste things. Calling around to several tree surgeons I found that most hardwood trees are just chipped up into nothingness. What a waste of a valuable resource! So it gave me an idea to place an advertisement on another internet website. I got an answer from my first ad…several in fact…but nothing wooden at this point. So I’m trying it again…and I’ve also written to my state’s department forestry and resources. The wood I’ve harvested in this last year won’t be useable because of air drying until at least 2 years down the road. But what about the years ahead when I’ll want to make more projects.
For those who seek wood like I seek wood, I’ve written an advertisement for my own attempts to secure sources of wood…and I thought I’d share it:

”Don’t have a tree surgeon waste your hardwood tree by chipping it into landfill.
Looking for hardwood trees (maple, linden, walnut, American elm, among others) fruitwood trees (apple, pear, cherry, peach, others) that need to be removed. To be harvested and used by western South Dakota woodworker/hobbyist. I remove all limbs, branches, trunk, etc, from your property. No charge to landowner…I just want the hardwood. Or have your tree surgeon who is taking down your hardwood tree to save the trunk intact for me to remove…I’ll gladly haul it away in my own trailer. It will be used…not wasted…to make useful and beautiful items from wood.”

If you have suggestions how to improve this ad let me know. I don’t really want to compete with qualified tree surgeons…but I can’t stand to hear that beautiful wood is going to waste.
So this is posted in one place on the internet. I don’t expect too many results…but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying. And I’m trying to think of other places it might be posted.
I’ve seen some pictures of shops on this website where woodworkers have stacks of hardwood drying in their facilities. While I’m blessed with lots of soft pine, hardwoods aren’t easily found…especially for the right price. So I’m forced into a resource-full search. Good luck on yours.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 09-21-2007 05:08 AM

Good luck in your searching.

I’ve been blessed by meeting a sawmill owner and becoming friends so that he saved special woods for me.

When he sold the mill we made a deal that he’d trade wood for a computer. I was building them at the time.

We traded a $2000.00 computer for a pile of walnut, a pile of oak, a pile of maple, a pile of beech, some Ash, and other woods. I definitely came out on top. But in his case anything left on the property belonged to the new buyer. Anything he sold before that date was his. So he had nothing to lose. He got a computer for nothing, and I got a bunch of lumber for my costs on a computer.

I’ve met a new sawmill owner in Delaware and we are trading wood for items that I make for him. You can see my projects on a pulpit I made for him. I got some 19” wide cherry 14’ long. and 16” wide cherry (One big log)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-21-2007 05:25 AM

Barry: If you go the Ms Debbie’s workshop visit this week, I have a link to the pictures from my shop in my response to the posting. I’ve got a picture of my wood CACHE in the pictures there.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 09-21-2007 06:00 AM

Reminds me of one of my projects table scraps.

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#4 posted 09-21-2007 08:06 AM

Most of my projects posted on LJ are from scrap or from materials that were originally used for some other purpose. I agree about not letting it go to waste if can be used wisely.

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Bob Babcock

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#5 posted 09-21-2007 04:41 PM

Great stuff Barry. There have been a number of posts in the past of a similar nature. I’d love to get a portable mill (never gonna happen) but at least I’ve got my daughters boyfriend bringing me logs he thinks I’ll like that I can manage on my bandsaw.

Reminds me…I still haven’t finished the bridge.

-- Bob

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Ethan Sincox

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#6 posted 09-21-2007 07:52 PM

“cache” is a little weak, Karson.

Maybe “horde” would work better?

-- Ethan,

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#7 posted 09-21-2007 08:06 PM

I’ve seen Karson’s shop photos…I’m with Merganser on this one…and thanks everyone for your comments. I might add that I’ve had a bite on this ad. It wasn’t up for four hours and I had a return…a good one at that.
My problem maybe, in the future, that I’ll have too much wood…right now things are a little light…but I’m on the way.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#8 posted 09-22-2007 05:11 AM

Good work. We share the same thoughts; I strive to “Make The Most of our Natural Resources”. You can find more about what I do here: Salvage Logs

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 06-09-2008 11:24 AM

Barry, I am of the exact same mind as you. Save us the hardwood! I wanted to do exactly as you have—call around, sniff and search—and you have made more steps than I knew to pursue. Where can we get the good stuff? Did you see that stack of logs off of Hwy. 44 for that new 4-lane road? I think someone advertised the walnut in the paper, but not sure it was from that site. We need to combine forces and find what we can!

-- Scouts Out Front!

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#10 posted 05-14-2015 11:41 AM

This reminds me of the proejcts I used to get up to at tree surgeons wiltshire.

-- Brett, United Kingdom,

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