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Blog entry by pbyrne posted 271 days ago 1072 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently working on an extensive construction project.
The customer asked me to clear some acreage blocking his view of the mountains. I gave him a break on the equipment price in exchange for any timber I remove.
What I discovered were broadleaf maples straight and clear for 30 feet averaging 32 inches diameter, well over 12,000 bf in the butt logs. In addition, I uncovered a deadfall old growth Western Red Cedar log. What is left of the log are 18” x36” x 20’+ slabs. The tree has likely been down for about 100 years, it was under about 18 inches of duff. I am freaking out over both finds, the maple and cedar. I have included pictures of both. The cedar is completely clear, tight, straight grain and it smells amazing. My sawmill and I are going to be busy!

That is mist blowing through the air. We are always wet!

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#1 posted 271 days ago


-- God, Family, Country, Woodshop!

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#2 posted 271 days ago

try to contain the emotions here….try not to sound like a whacked out timber freak, try to show some professionalism….lol…when you scream and run while waving your arms….make it sound like the machines are running…lol…this type of find is what makes it all worth it… more pictures when things are all cleaned up and better pictures can be shown…thanks a bunch.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 271 days ago

Wow. Would love to see more images when you saw it!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 271 days ago

holy ship.

These are the kinds of posts that make me wish I had a sawmill.

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#5 posted 271 days ago

I’ll send you my address for delivery.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 271 days ago

I’ll update the story as it progresses.

Grizzman! Great to hear from you. Its been a while.

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#7 posted 271 days ago

Wow! Congratulations. It sounds like a great deal.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 271 days ago

I would say Wow but Charles already did. Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 270 days ago

It would take me a long time to whittle all that !!!I hope you have a big storage area….

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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#10 posted 270 days ago

I don’t blame you for getting excited. I get excited just to see other jocks post their haul. I did not know that it is possible to use a log that has been on the ground for a long time. Will follow along to see the wood cleaned up.

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#11 posted 270 days ago

Wow! Trees get a lot bigger in your area than mine. 32” would be too big for me to saw with my mill. Have fun and post some pics of the sawing.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 270 days ago

Isn’t God’s creation amazing?! It will be wonderful to see how you put that beautiful timber to use!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 265 days ago

Nice find Pat. Can’t wait to see the big leaf maple. Jerry

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