Over the weekend I went to an auction that had 600 bf of cherry, 400 bf of walnut and 400 bf of oak for sale. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get it all back into the shop or where I would even put it if I won the wood but I thought it would be great to work on getting a wood stash that would start to rival that of Karson and Larry.
When the wood was auctioned needless to say I did not win any of it. The guy that bought most of it never put his card down and so the wood went for more than I was willing to pay for it since the auction got quite animated at times. But after the rough lumber was auctioned off there was a pile of split logs that was left to be auctioned. I ended up being the sole bidder and won the stack for $5.00 for the wood that had been stored for over 20 years in a barn (according to the auctioneer).
Here are the slabs of cherry and oak that I got home with:
And a picture of “The Boss” included for the sake of perspective:
In doing some rough calculations I figure there is around 30 to 40 bf of cherry and 5 bf of white oak in the slabs.
But when I removed the bark on one of the oak slabs here is what I found:
and a closer look:
This is obviously powder post beetle damage and needless to say will end up in my neighbors firewood pile. It does not look like any of the other logs are infected but I will know more when I mill the slabs up with my bandsaw sled.
Thanks for looking and, as always, thanks for letting me share this with you.
-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine