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Blog entry by jockmike2 posted 09-13-2009 01:04 AM 1423 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In Bath, Michigan I visited a beautiful operation that has a ton of wood. The owners name is Kelvin and you couldn’t meet a better person. He had bunks of Oak-Red and White, Maple, Ash, Walnut, Cherry, Elm, and even some Crab Apple. He had burls for turners and also other wood for turners. He has air dried and kiln dried lumber in various sizes. His ad says he doesn’t ship, but he says he does. Fed Ex. You can go on Craigslist and find his ad. Go to Michigan, then Lansing area, and finally lumber for sale. He has pictures of his operations. I mentioned this once before and it didn’t seem to draw much interest, but I’m telling you he showed me bunks of white oak for 50 cents a BF and there were a few knots in this stuff, but if you are not to picky and willing to do a little work you could make a lot of money off this wood. Same with the maple and walnut. If your willing to do some work it would be well worth your while to go in with someone and get some of the 50 cent stuff or get the excellent 1 or 2 dollar a bf stuff. It is fantastic. I’m sticking my neck out here and telling you the lumber this guy is selling is top quality. Well worth the money. You can also call him at 517-641-6189.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -



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#1 posted 09-13-2009 01:26 AM

Thanks for the tip. If I had some extra cash I’d take a trip to michigan, but I am trying to prepare for a slow winter, so lumber purchases will be small until next year.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 09-13-2009 01:31 AM

Thanks Mike

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 01:56 AM

Thank you Mike for posting this info I’ll give him a call , although I think shipping to Ca would make a great deal a so so deal .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#4 posted 09-13-2009 02:17 AM

Mike You should have posted pictures. a picture is worth a thousand words. (Or at least that’s what I’ve been told)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 09-13-2009 02:26 AM

Thank you Mike. Tips such as yours are so valuable and one of the great things about this community of ours. You just won an unofficial LJ gold medal!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 09-13-2009 02:31 AM

I’m going to check this out. Thanks for the info.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 09-13-2009 03:27 AM

http://www.ravenfarm.com/index.htm
That’s the place, just got through checking it out. Good things going on there, Mike, thanks!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 09-13-2009 04:11 AM

Hey Mike I would be willing to go in on some wood with ya. I just need to clear out sme stock as I have no room for more wood. The spalted maple looked really nice.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 09-13-2009 06:07 AM

Boy I wish he was closer, thanks Mike.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 09-13-2009 04:11 PM

I believe he told me he could ship for about a buck a bf. Thanks Mike for putting the link in here.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Air Tool Review

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#11 posted 09-13-2009 05:37 PM

They should make some sort of directory site that helps you find little shops like this wherever you live in the US. If it’s happening in Michigan, I’ll bet there are hundreds more we don’t know about.

-- http://airtoolreview.com - More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Air Tools

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#12 posted 09-14-2009 02:51 AM

I was just there yesterday morning and bought a bunk of air dried red oak at a buck a board foot. It is roughly 260 board feet and there are only three boards in the bunk had more than two knots in it and some of the boards are quarter sawn. The boards are all about 11 feet in length and the there are four boards from the same tree that are almost 20 inches wide. Their operation is excellent and promotes reuse of lumber instead of turning it into firewood or chipping it up for mulch. It is well worth the visit. He really knows what he is doing and air dries his lumber correctly. I drove an hour to look at his operation and was not disappointed. If you live anywhere near him you should check it out.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a hand plane passing across a board in an otherwise quiet shop.

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