Last thursday I stopped by the local Sawmill. I wasn’t looking for anything, just a social visit. I think that he’s running into finincial problems. The reason I say that is the lack of logs in the lot and the lack of piles of sawn wood in the yard.
He is not usually at the mill in the recent times I’ve visited. But, he was there this day. He shut down the mill and came over to talk. We chatted for a few minutes and then he asked if I wanted to buy that pile of maple over there. The price was $1.00 a bd ft. I asked him how much wood. He went and check and guessed about 350 bd Ft and he quoted a price of $300. if I took the whole pile. He stated at that price i should be OK.
I climbed up on top of the pile to check it out. It was some burly/tiger striped maple.
I told him I was having an executive meeting of the Mason Dixon Woodworkers Club that night and I’d ask if anyone wants some.
I probably would buy it all if no one else wanted in.
At the meeting one other person said that he’d split the pile.
The sawmill owner stated that the pile was made up of two logs and I figured that the bottom of the stack was one log and the top was another. The top was the burly/tiger maple. I also knew that when we stacked it in his truck the top would be on the bottom and the bottom would be on the top. I didn’t know the condition of the bottom log.
So I suggested that when we stacked it in his truck the top of the pile would be stacked on the left and the bottom on the right. When we unloaded it I’d get the top few layers so I’d get some of both logs. He’d get the rest.
When we finally looked at the stack on the ground it was 4’ wide, 9’ long and 12 layers high. Each board was about 1 5/16” thick so it was a good strong 5/4. We were getting about 400 bd ft of wood for $300.00 about 75 cents for a surface ft which had 1 1/4 bd ft per surface ft. So for an official BD ft price it would be about 60 cents per BD ft.
This is my portion of the pile in the floor of my shop.
Yoy can see the burls and the tiger stripe in the wood. The bottom log in the stack was mostly Ambrosia Maple with almost no burl. I don’t know if the tiger stripe is present in that log.
You can see the waves in the Ambrosia stripe that shows the tiger stripe.
Everyone knows that I need more wood.
This wood tested at 12% moisture. I’ll stack it on the floor of my veneer room and blow fans on the stack.
I have some other maple there that was 17 % and after 3 days it was down to 12.
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