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Blog series by Julian updated 06-09-2009 12:13 AM 3 parts 5459 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: Felled black walnut trees for the taking

11-03-2008 11:48 PM by Julian | 7 comments »

Recently, I have put out the word to friends about my plans to use lumber that would otherwise be cut into firewood. Well it has paid off already. A good friend of mine has found 2-24”x11’ clear black walnut trees that have been cut down. The owner of them was going to cut them into firewood, till my buddy asked him if he’d be interested in parting with them for a small fee. To make a long story short, I will be picking the logs up for $100 for both! I figure that there̵...

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Part 2: The latest score

03-27-2009 11:21 PM by Julian | 5 comments »

About three weeks ago I scored a full truck load of mulberry from a tree that had been cut down last November. The tree was over 100 years old, and around 36” diameter and over 100’ tall. Unfortunately the tree had been cut into chunks 24” and under. I got about 60 board feet of mostly quartersawn wood out of it that will most likely get used for bookmatched panels, boxes and picture frames for gifts for the family. It is really beautiful wood with a fleck pattern that remin...

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Part 3: 3300 boardfeet of reclaimed douglas fir!

06-09-2009 12:13 AM by Julian | 10 comments »

This isn’t technically urban logging, but it is dealing with reclaimed timbers. I just got off the phone with someone who is gutting a building in downtown Chicago. They are GIVING away the 100 year old joists for free! I offered to take the 60-2 1/2”x12”x22’ floor joists off their hands. There is another 120-1 1/2”x12”x24’ joists that are available if I want them also. The 60 2 1/2” joists are 3300 board feet alone. I forsee a bunch of home...

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