I got an email from my new buddy Jim yesterday. He has some red oak that just came out of the kiln and has been planed. I went out this morning with my Nissan Altima, rear seats pre-folded down.
Jim cuts his own trees on a 17 acre spread, or has tree services drop them off. He has a mill in his front yard, one of those $60.000 units.
I left with 8 boards, 5 of them measuring about 10 foot by 8 to 15 inches wide and 15/16 thick. three of the boards are under 6 foot but they are magnificent. The longer boards have some holes, the knots loosened in the kiln.
Whole thing cost me $66.
Its now in the basement next to the walnut I got from him a couple weeks ago.
Thank you Jim. I don’t know what I’d do without you.
He has more walnut coming out of the kiln in a couple weeks. I think I’ll try and be first out there so I can get my pick.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.