I scored some walnut from a 100 year old tree

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Forum topic by coloradoclimber posted 12-28-2009 07:54 AM 1325 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2009 07:54 AM

I scored this load of walnut off of craigslist about a month ago.

Ad just said “walnut lumber for sale”. So I call the fellow and he has around 400 bf of rough walnut that’s been air drying stacked and stickered in his shop for the last 8 years.

I decided to go take a look and he had some huge slabs, prettier, wider, and thicker than any I can get for any reasonable price locally. He said the wood came from a 100 year old tree on his neighbors farm. The wind blew it down and the neighbor said if he wanted it he could have it. So he rushes over, trims it up, and off to the mill. He had pretty much the whole tree slabbed.

A portion of it had some rot and bug damage, some natural edge that I was not interested in, and a bit of it was checked and split. But I’d say well over half was prime, wide, thick, and pretty. He had a few pieces he had cleaned up and it was beautiful underneath.

We went back and forth on the price, I wanted to cherry pick the pile and he wanted it all gone. We eventually settled on a price and I drove away with around 300 bf of beautiful wood. I got it home and cleaned up the checks, splits, edges, and big twists and probably ended up with 250 bf of clean rough walnut.

The nice thing is multiple of the slabs are nearly 2 feet wide and some around 2 inches thick. I cant find anything like that for any reasonable price around here. None of the boards were thinner than 5/4.

For a little bump in the price he let me cherry pick and I ended up paying around $4 / bf for the full trailer load. Maybe between $4.50 and $5 after I cleaned up the scrap. I felt like that was a heck of price for suburban Colorado for walnut this thick and wide.

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 09:20 AM

Nicw score on the walnut. I haven’t seen those low of prices around here either. You got a steel!


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