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Forum topic by Benboy posted 05-26-2015 11:48 PM 680 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Benboy

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05-26-2015 11:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood sources sawmills michigan upper peninsula

Doing an around Lake Michigan trip at the end of June with my family. Looking for a source of wood unique to the UP or Northern Michigan we can pick up on our trip. Can’t get much wood as it has to travel with us in the back of a Honda CRV. So less than 4’ long. Any recommendations for a small sawmill operation up that way?

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#1 posted 05-27-2015 12:33 AM

Not a small mill, but. There’s rare earth hardwoods in traverse city that has a good selection of northern mi lumber. I think they also have lake superior salvaged lumber. They may also be able to line you up with local mills in that area.
You may also want to stop at historic mill creek south of mackinaw city on U.S. 23. Pretty awesome place and you may even be able to pick up a piece of the lumber they cut.
But I’m really not sure there are any lumbers unique to the area.

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#2 posted 05-27-2015 02:14 AM

There is a lot of wonderful wood U.P. here, but the places where I obtain my stock usually deals in 200 to 300 BF with 8’ lengths.

An exception would be Bell Forest Products in Ishpeming. There you can obtain your smaller quantities of curly and birds eye maple, and likely cherry as well. They aren’t cheap, but quality is very high.

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#3 posted 05-27-2015 03:03 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. I don’t mean unique as in only found in Michigan, but mainly that it was harvested and milled in Michigan. I like to make little things to remember my trips by and having the wood from the place we visited adds to the story/memory.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#4 posted 05-27-2015 10:57 PM

Gotcha. Something you may want to do us hit northern Michigan Craigslist and search for lumber. I used to live up in west branch and found a few different mills up there that way.

p.s.
Highly suggest a trip through the tunnel of trees. M 119 out of harbor springs. I’ve read and heard from many riders say next to the tail of the dragon, the best ride in the country.
Nice in a car,too.

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