Rescued Wood #4: Windfall this morning - Yellowwood

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 12-18-2009 12:50 AM 3184 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I received an unexpected call this morning from our local tree-feller asking me if I would be interested in some discount wood.

They had felled a Yellowwood tree, and the proposed buyer had left town for a couple of weeks, so they turned to me.

Please understand that Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius) is South Africa’s National tree, and is endangered. It may only be felled by special permit.

The most recent commercial price list I can find shows Yellowwood planks in less than 200 mm widths selling at an average price of about R19 000 per cubic metre, and boards over 200 mm wide selling at about R21 000 per cube rough milled and dried.

Here is the main trunk average diameter is 550 mm and 1.8 m long.

And for those who don’t speak metric:-

That trunk alone should yield about 1.4 cubic metres after milling.

There was also a pile of the branches

Probably 2 to 2.5 cubes in total after milling.

The best part of it all?
I paid R1 000 (including delivery).

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 12-18-2009 01:31 AM

whats the grain look like, Never heard or seen it before, Have fun

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture,

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#2 posted 12-18-2009 06:30 PM

Judging from the end it looks like it might have a mottled, interesting grain. I hope you let us see it after planing it. Congrats on this rare acquisition.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-18-2009 06:35 PM

Not familiar with yellowwood It be good if you could post some milled photos. Congrats on the wood score

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-18-2009 06:42 PM

Cool Can you give an OKIE the exchange rate. If it’s protected do you have to provide documentation when you make anything. Like the ivory issue in showing it is a certain age to be allowed to be sold.

7.42 rands = $1 american ? R19 000 =19000R or 19R ?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#5 posted 12-18-2009 11:17 PM

Guys, I’ll definitely post some shots after milling – probably after Christmas.

Hey Jag (or santa) yes the exchange rate is about 7.42 SA Rand (ZAR) to the US Dollar (USD), so narrow boards are R19000.00 about $2560.65 per cubic metre.

In terms of the permits – No, I don’t need to prove legality if/when I sell any boards/projects, but if ever challenged by law enforcement, I must satisfy them about the legality of the source of the wood. My first yellowwood score was from the municipal dump (smaller pieces that weren’t sold) and I have pictures of that. This latest score was a business deal, and I have paperwork on it. Age of the wood does not enter into it unless it is from before the tree was classified as endangered, as in salvage from old buildings etc.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 03:48 PM

I’ve slabbed the first log.

Pics are posted here

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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