Black Acacia...First time milling for me. #1: Black Acacia Available

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Blog entry by Steffen posted 05-14-2008 12:47 AM 3749 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey my fellow LJ’s. The tree guy who cut my cedar down called and told me he just cut down a 100 year old Black Acacia. The zoo came and got all the leaves and he remembered I had asked if he would not cut good wood into fire wood until myself and other woodworkers had a chance to look at it.

There are two logs apprximately 40’ in length and @20” in diameter (bigger in some smaller in others). There was a nice crotch but it looks to be mostly rotten.

Is there anyone out there interested in sharing the cost of having him cut it into boards? Anyone want some nice Black Acacia bowl blanks?





The wood is in Oakland. Thanks Guys.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#1 posted 05-14-2008 12:58 AM

where is it and how much?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 05-14-2008 01:15 AM

oooooh….how much…san leandro and napa…we are pretty close!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 05-14-2008 04:25 AM

I’ve been doing some research and they make great guitar bodies, but they also make very nice furniture, so we need to mug this guy and stop him from cutting it any shorter than 8 feet long. If we can get the logs Ron Trout will cut it at $85.00 per hour. paint the ends of it to keep it from checking and we might have quite the stuff here. I read where it’s related to Koa or Koa is part of the same genus.

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#4 posted 05-14-2008 04:44 PM

Napaman, save me one round for your next Lake Tahoe vacation. For a couple bowls one day.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#5 posted 05-14-2008 04:48 PM

“where is it and how much?” Ditto

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 05-14-2008 05:51 PM

The wood is in Oakland…The guy currently wants over $1/BF to cut it…I think it’s too high and after reading a fellow LJ’s page he charges less than .50/BF. I would love to give the work to him but after seeing his mill he won’t be able to get it back where the logs are. Bowl blanks from the logs he’s already cut are free.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#7 posted 05-15-2008 12:34 AM

bummer…well…if he comes down in price…and it works out…keep me posted…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 05-15-2008 12:42 AM

Bowl blanks are free? I’m in. I will gladly pay shipping and handling.

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#9 posted 05-15-2008 01:10 AM

Black acacia is Acacia Melanoxylon also known as Blackwood. I grow these in my forest block here in New Zealand, though mine aren’t quite as monstrous as this one – not yet anyway. Hmmm, $1/bdft too much to pay for this beautiful timber? You guys are spoiled!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#10 posted 05-15-2008 08:10 AM

You’d better get busy turning!

Too bad I live way up north – we could use the chainsaw mill to do this!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 05-16-2008 02:33 AM

I was able to get him down to $300 for all of it.


-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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