I was very excited abotu getting some Maple raw and going through the process of sawing it and then stacking and tarping it for a year and then making furniture out of what I had cut from a tree… the entire process has been a kind of dream of mine for years and then a fellow LumberJock posts that he has some maple trees we could pick up… I was very excited and had been planning to pick up a couple of trailers full… I have a buddy who was game for the drive with another trailer and truck and we calculated several times the costs and then we thought… We better talk to our other buddy who forgot more about woodworking last months than I know.
So we went over to his house… He is an owner of TimberlineTools.com and he said guys I can get the really good stuff for you (totally clear Maple both sides) all we want for $3.09. But then we got talking some more and we go to church together and stuff and he walked us out to a container he has out back and opens it up and it is absoultley filled to the top with highly figured hard maple. Spalted, Birdseyes you name it. They like that stuff and get it after it has been culled once for the perfectly clear stuff by a huge kitchen cabinet molding shop and then before Timberline sells any he picks through it again. The figured stuff he says he normally can get $9 for but the stuff he pulled out of probably 90 containers full in the past 10 years he says he could sell all of it for pen blanks it is so pretty at $20 per foot.
Then he says… Drew take whatever you want as long as it is just for your personal use… So… I think I will leave your trees for the other Jocks. I hope someone else takes them so they do not go to waste.
You guys have never seen such pretty wood in your lives. I will never ever tell any of you where he lives but it is close to my house. The thing is … On container is figured maple. One is rare and stunning tropical exotics and one he would not even show us… Yet… he says… See if any of you ever had a notion to become a criminal… This is more tempting than his store full of Powermatic, Jet and Delta cabnetmaking grade tools… (Interestingly enough all the containers are wirelessly on his alarm system which would call the police if the doors open without the alarm being off…) yet most have no idea of the value and no one really knows it is there.
-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah