This week in urban logging #5: It's been awhile since my last report.

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 08-06-2008 07:54 PM 1644 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Milling others yard trees (custom sawmilling) Part 5 of This week in urban logging series Part 6: 2 blogs in one week (big log, be careful what you wish for) »

The logs have slowly trickled in…until this morning, I scored nicely. I have not seen this guy the last couple weeks. He has been bringing me a load once a week, he brought a nice one today . 25 logs 8’-14’ long. The smallest was a cherry just over 12”, most in the 18”-24” range. Cherry, walnut, hickory, red oak, white oak, honeylocust and hard maple. These should keep me out of trouble for a couple days . The walnut is iffy (crooked) the oaks and hickory are good, the cherry though smallish are about as straight as they come.

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#1 posted 08-06-2008 08:07 PM

I’m sure you mentioned his before, but how do you move those things?

I’ll bet its great fun turning logs into lumber. Thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 08-06-2008 08:27 PM

Larry I have a Case skidsteer with pallet forks.

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#3 posted 08-06-2008 09:53 PM

Wish I had some logs dropped off like this. I live in a logging area and any one with logs wants to sell them, even the tree service folks. Most of the free logs I get are from home owners and I need to mill them on site or pick them up.

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

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#4 posted 08-06-2008 10:14 PM

Please keep posting like this. I thoroughly enjoy reading about it.

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#5 posted 08-06-2008 10:19 PM

Ron. I did not mean to give the impression these were free. I will pay the guy a little something for his time/gas. He was selling to the pallet company for $.15-$.25 bft until I met him…I will do at least that (for cherry/walnut still a steal delivered with the cost of fuel and labor) I have not scaled/tallied this load yet. My guess is 1500 bft I will have a few hundred invested undoubtedly. I get free one and twos, sometimes a car trailer full from individuals…this particular guy is “in the business”. Not a logger, but a guy doing clearing work for new housing developments and knows they have at least some value.

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#6 posted 08-07-2008 02:11 AM

Thanks for the post Daren.

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

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#7 posted 08-07-2008 03:36 AM

I like that blue wood too…

Great score!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 08-07-2008 06:53 AM

I must confess that envy overwhelms me!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 08-08-2008 11:31 PM

Very nice Daren… I llike your posts too, keep’em coming.

I’ve got oak and hickory coming out of my ears here, but that’s about it. I’m pretty limited to just those two species. I need to start making some tree service friends…. lol. (oh, and get a skid steer and bandmill, that would help, too, I guess.)

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

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#10 posted 08-09-2008 08:14 AM

That Tuip Poplar (I think that’s what I see there) that those logs are resting against make them look small in comparsion, but I know they’re not! Looks like you’ve got some good work ahead of you there!

I can’t believe you have the space to take on so much – that’s really cool…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 08-09-2008 01:23 PM

Yea Dorje that is a giant tulip poplar in my yard. It makes perfect shade for storing logs…and about a million leaves to clean up in the fall.

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