I finally got a chance to check out Woodwisemill.com Saw Mill. I had long wanted to check out his operation and maybe pick up some wood.
I was really impressed with Joe and his operation. He is a man of few words but knows his stuff and will make you a great deal on local lumber, especially for 100bf or more.
He has Western Big Leaf Straight Lined S2S 4/4 at $1.89bf with a 100bf minimum. Or you can go real low with rough cut 4/4 stock at $1.25 bf. If you are looking for bulk lumber and have a jointer & planer the price can’t be beat.
But I wasn’t looking for Maple, I already have enough Maple. I was after some Madrone for my cutting boards & Boy did I make out like a bandit. He had been sitting on over 300bf of ugly Madrone shorts for quite some time. It is beautiful wood but there wasn’t a lot of long clear boards. But hey I need it for End grain Cutting boards so I really only need 2 or 3 feet of clear wood at a time and only up to 3.25 inches wide. The coloring is great, from a cream to a some great reds. Should make some nice boards.
The Gloat is the deal I got on it. Ended up getting the entire lot for $250!!!
While I was there I brought up the topic of Black Locust. Boy was that a good move. He brought out a pallet of 18 foot long slabs, all try and ready for use. I bought one on the spot without even a thought of what kind of deal I was getting. It cost me $100, I am not sure that is a very good deal but I know it is going to make a couple of beautiful tables! I think, really not exactly sure what to do with these beauties! I am looking for ideas.
Here are a couple shots of 1/4 of the slab that I ran through the drum sander.
Here is a shot of the rest of the slab. Oh and my completely organized shelves can be seen in the background.
-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com