Lumber Making #10: Milling the Maple Finale - and - Lookie What We Found

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Here’s a little more ‘milling around’ for fun:

. This board turned out to have some really interesting spalting…

. And, upon closer examination:


. One with our stacks:

. And our final parting shot!

. This concludes the milling process. What a blessing it was to have Mike’s support in this process. I can thank LJ for that! And a HUGE thanks to Mike directly! That was a lot of fun last Wednesday. Just amazing what can come from this place.
. The lumber sat for a day (Thanksgiving) before heading to its resting place where it will air dry for a year or so – probably through next summer at the very minimum. I’ll post the stacking and stickering process in the next installment. Sawdust2 will surely enjoy the pictures of the lumber drying…very Zen.

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

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#1 posted 2438 days ago

Great Job. Congratulation on your find. I’m glad that you accepted the log and didn’t let it go to a landfill

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

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 2438 days ago

Very nice score. That wood is a treasure.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 2438 days ago

Man, that is truly beautiful. And to think the spalting is just the result of fungi living and dying, doing what they do in a seemingly random way. By uncovering these planks another wonder that would have wound up in the ground or ground into mulch gets to be viewed and marveled at. And then your artistry and efforts will give that old maple new life again as a treasured box or table or…
Now that’s Zen.
Thanks for sharing this huge undertaking with your fellow LJs. Great blog, Dorje.

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

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#4 posted 2437 days ago

Wow, that is some beautiful stuff you got there. Nature at it’s best.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 2437 days ago

On closer examination is that a dog’s head in the second picture?

Can you put a slab or two inside to dry so we don’t have to wait so long to see what you do with this treasure?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#6 posted 2437 days ago

Wow! That is spectacular wood. Can I have some? :)

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 2437 days ago

My, my, you did find a treasure, didn’t you? Carleen spotted a slab of 6/4 spalted and thought it would make a neat table It was about 36 by 18. the wanted $300 for it. I guess we’ll just have to wait to see it when it is dry. Better store it inside, it’ll never dry in Seattle. On second thought maybe you’d better bring it down here to the desert. It would dry a lot quicker. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 2437 days ago

Great blog and great find. Amazing what is out there that would have become firewood.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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Damian Penney

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#9 posted 2437 days ago

Wow, awesome. You lucky, lucky dog :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#10 posted 2437 days ago


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

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#11 posted 2437 days ago

You know, I live just north of Seattle and have LOTS of room to store and season wood at my work place. If you run out of space, please feel free to give me a call – there might be a slight wood storage surcharge, payable in spalted lumber only ;-)

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#12 posted 2437 days ago

Great job you two.. Nice save and best of luck with the woods future.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#13 posted 2437 days ago

Great lumber Dorje, You truely are blessed to find this motherload. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 2437 days ago

Beautiful wood!


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Greg Mitchell

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#15 posted 2437 days ago

Great looking wood Dorje! Thank you for taking the time to share this with everyone. I’ve found it very interesting.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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