NOTES: A lot of interesting stuff on this trip so I’m breaking it up into separate days. If you want to see the high res picture, click on the embedded picture and it will open a new browser window with the full high res version.
This trip has been REALLY cool. There were a few issues, like my luggage not making it here. I guess I was due since this is the first time in five years of hard traveling it’s not made it to my destination. I’ve had it get delayed coming home once or twice but that doesn’t bother me since they just come drop it on my porch and it’s not like I don’t have a toothbrush and clean underwear at home.
To start with, check out this oak burl I noticed in someone’s yard on my way to the plant. I’m pretty sure that’s about 2 1/2-3 feet long and 1 1/2 foot in diameter. I was so tempted to go ask the homeowner if I could saw it off and paint the cut spot on the tree, but I just couldn’t quite bring myself to do it.
BUT! ON TO THE GOOD STUFF! In my spare time Wednesday I went out to visit the nice folks at L. Cuzzort Custom Sawing in Trenton, GA. Their contact info is at the bottom. I called ahead and asked if I could come by because it was already pushing six pm. At first I thought it was going to be a no go because they were having a little birthday celebration for Lem’s son in law that evening, but they said come on out and we’ll run down to the mill and have a look around, so, off I went. I grabbed a twelve pack of cold beer on the way, because if you’re going to crash a party, you should come bearing gifts, right?
Anyway, I got there and there was a piece of steak waiting for me. We knocked back a few cold longnecks and headed down to the mill. Lem (his full name is Lemowen) has what I think is an older Timber King mill. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it because they’ve got a brand spanking new Timber King 2000 on order and are expecting it any time now. Drool, drool, drool…
Lem’s partner in crime is a lady named Michelle who is quite the LumberJill. She mentioned lumberjocks.com in our conversation, but I’m not sure she’s active on the site right now. Shrug. She’s much more into producing the lumber than using it.
These folks are super nice and have what seemed to me to be pretty good prices. Their wood is all air dried, and they advertise themselves as rough cut lumber. I admired some 10”x10”x8’ white oak beams that I’m wanting to say were about $65. They’ve got lots of red and white oak, some eastern black walnut, a bit of sycamore, some hickory, and who knows what else might come in at some point. The wood is in stored in a barn so it’s not getting rained on but this is all pretty green stuff, because they don’t have a kiln and none of it had been sitting long. I ended up snagging a 6’ long 12” wide 3” thick slab of cherry for $10. It has some checks and flaws that I’m going to have to work around and it’s only been drying for about six months, so they gave me a good deal. On the bright side, one side is cut smack through the middle of the tree, so I’ve got a quarter sawn face that is quite nice. Once I get it home, it’s going to need more drying time or a trip to a neighboring kiln, but, shrug…
Sorry I didn’t get more pictures of this visit, but here’s the
If you’re in the Chattanooga area or northwestern Georgia, it might be worth talking to these folks.
L. Cuzzort Custom Sawing
1374 Saddle Club Rd
Trenton, GA 30752
Lemowen Cuzzort 423-653-3830
Michelle Daniels 423-503-6967