This week in urban logging #3: This weeks haul

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 07-02-2008 01:08 AM 2284 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I hooked up with a new guy. Seems he is contracted to clear some timber for a new housing development. The developer was smart and hired an arborist to remove just some of the trees in an attractive/selective way instead the usual bulldose and pile.
Last week he dumped 1000 bft of oak (mostly white) in the yard. Nice size for sawing, average 24”. I milled some of the red oak and it was beautiful. No pictures, you’ll just have to trust me ;)

So this week (today) he shows up with 1000 bft of honeylocust, one of my favorite woods, and osage. The biggest honeylocust is 34” x 12’ and 4600 lbs. A couple of them were over 30”...I see some 24” wide honeylocust slabs in the near future ! The osage was smaller, but still nice. I have fallen behind on milling because I am trying to reorganize my wood storage shed. I finished that today and weather permitting will be making lumber from these dudes very soon.

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#1 posted 07-02-2008 01:19 AM

Wish I had a next door neighbor with a mill!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#2 posted 07-02-2008 02:35 AM

Man all that sweet timber for free! And you got the stuff to make it into lunber…


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#3 posted 07-02-2008 02:47 AM

Awesome! so wish there were more trees in the city.

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#4 posted 07-02-2008 02:53 AM

Man what a haul—- you could share some with all use LJ’s and still have plenty for yourself. hint, hint, hint….:-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Daren Nelson

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#5 posted 07-02-2008 03:18 AM

I did find a picture of the oak. Kinda boring IMO, 14” wide X 12’ long. Nothing caught my eye, just straight grain and no knots ? I am bias/jaded though, having a mill will do that to a person. Everyone (?) has seen an oak board like this, drudgery for me. A 24” wide honeylocust slab…now that is why I have a mill, don’t see them every day.

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#6 posted 07-02-2008 04:03 AM

Thats a really good connection! Please post some pics of the honeylocus when you get done milling it.

-- Steve-o

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 07-02-2008 04:10 AM


You are providing a wonderful service to the community and re-directing this urban wood into useful purposes. This is a win-win situation for everyone.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 07-02-2008 04:22 AM

Its funny that you say boring, but some of us have to pick through many hundreds of board feet to find on nice straight board, never mind the chance to find one this size. Thanks so much for posting. Again, one of my favorite blogs.

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#9 posted 07-02-2008 05:03 AM

Great job Daren:

It would be great to have you as next door neighbour.

-- 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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#10 posted 07-02-2008 11:38 AM

That is a beautiful piece of oak, I could think of a lot of uses for a nice clear straight grain. I find picking the right boards is the hardest part of a project. Its a lot of work digging through piles of lumber to find quality stock. I wish I had a nearby mill I could deal with. So far I haven’t found any one to order from that picks out what I’m looking for without paying a huge cost. If I find some one I’d stick with dealing with them. I don’t mind paying for quality, I just don’t enjoy being robbed for it.
This is not meant as a shot at you Darren, as I haven’t had a chance to talk with you yet.
How does one contact you other than LJ’s??

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#11 posted 07-02-2008 01:10 PM

Great score Daren. I agree with you about the honey locust. I love to turn it. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 07-02-2008 01:11 PM

Drool… :)

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#13 posted 07-02-2008 07:13 PM

I live in a heavily wooded neighborhood, and I see people cutting down trees all the time. Huge white and red oaks and maples. Most give the wood away to whoever wants it…I keep thinking if I buy a chainsaw mill I could have an endless supply of material!


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#14 posted 07-02-2008 08:04 PM

Man-O-Man… You Gotta Luv that….

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#15 posted 07-02-2008 09:41 PM

I’d like to see some pics of the osage…great bounty!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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