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Forum topic by DrDirt posted 11-11-2009 10:10 PM 2443 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2009 10:10 PM

I am in central Kansas, but not having much luck with I am looking for air dried lumber, mainly walnut but other hardwoods as well, because I want to do some bending projects.

Kiln dried is really easy to locate, in KC and Inman Kansas for me.

I am sure there must be sources in Kansas/Missouri or relatively close.

Thanks in advance

-- I don't trust trees. They're kinda shady

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 11:50 PM

Dave, have you checked on Craigslist? There are several sources in the KC, MO area for walnut lumber but it looks to be kiln dried. Some of the vendors saw their own so it might be worth checking into to see if they have any air dried lumber. If not you could also post an ad on Craigslist looking for air dried walnut and see if anything turns up.

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#2 posted 11-12-2009 02:46 AM

I’m thinking (and it’s been a while – since I was there, not since I was last thinking!) there was a sawmill that had some stuff airdrying. It was out in the mcClouth area. I can’t recall exactly where. I visited it back in the 90s. A family run operation.

Good luck.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 04:43 AM

You might try contacting Mark at He is a friend that has a custom shop in Kansas and he might be able to point you in the right direction

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 06:37 AM

You might try Cedar Creek Sawmill in Desoto, Ks. Fred Jones owns it and he is a member of the Kansas City Woodworkers’ Guild. He may be able to help you. E-mail is

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 04:29 AM

I’m far from Kansas now but I used to live in Olathe. I used to go to a place called Kansas Hardwoods. I’m sure it was on highway 24 east of Manhattan. I think it was in the town of Belvue. They had good prices and did have walnut but I’m not sure if they did any air drying.

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 05:58 AM

Hatfield MO and across the border in Iowa. Several mills up that way if they are still running. I think those ol boys up there use sawmills to make boards and fire wood for stills. Craigs list that area. My wife’s Grand parents use to live up that way.

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#7 posted 11-14-2009 06:45 AM

Mark DeCou lives in Kansas. I know he was having some walnut logs cut up that a neighbour gave him. You might send him a PM.

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#8 posted 11-16-2009 08:10 PM

Thanks for the help guys – still struggling but thinking the light at the tunnel is real.

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#9 posted 11-17-2009 12:36 AM

I used to live in Humboldt Ks. (southeast ks.) and there was a man there that hand a saw mill, his name is
Geoge Hawley. Also Joe Wieneris still in the area there and he used to do alot of lumbering. Don’t know if Hawley is still in business but a phone call can’t hurt.

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#10 posted 11-21-2009 10:21 PM

I’m in central Nebraska so if you don’t have any luck with closer places I’d be happy to give you the “Grand” tour. My website should be listed on my profile. Its nothing fancy but will give you an idea of what I have available. Good luck on your quest!

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#11 posted 11-22-2009 01:19 AM

Rastus: Good luck on your milling.

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