I have been doing woodworking now for about 25 years and have finally realized I am paying way to much for lumber. I started doing alot of research on portable saw mills but I just couldn’t see spending that kind of money on a mill. I work as a construction superintendent and I am always having to take down tree’s to make way for whatever job we are doing. I started saving the logs here at my home and just recently relized I need to cut them into lumber before they start to rot. So after getting prices to saw the lumber I made the $20,000.00 investment and bought a new Timberking sawmill. My wife still is not talking to me!.I am friends with an owner of a construction co. that does demolition work. He called me a few weeks ago while I was sitting in my tree stand and told me he had some old logs he took down from an old barn in southwest Va. Really didnt think I wanted them but he thought he would ask anyway before they ran them through the grinder. I went up a few days ago to see what he had and my heart dropped. 217 16’ by 10” American chestnut logs. I asked him if I could take one home and saw it on my mill to see what it looks like and he said that was fine, just hurry up because I want them out of here he said. So after milling the smallest log he had I came up with 60 bf of beautiful chestnut lumber. So now what, I have to tell him what he has here because I dont want to steel them. So I called him and told him he had some pretty valuable lumber and he might want to get someone here to apraise it for him. He asked how much money i had and I told him I might could come up with $3500.00 for all of them. Sold! Get them out of here he said. So now I have 9000 bf of beautiful chestnut to sell and have no idea how much or where to start. If anyone has any ideas I would love to here what you think. Oh’ and my wife is talking to me now.
-- Bill St.Pierre@St.Pierre Woodworking.com