Hello out there,
I’m in the process of acquiring some bartlett pear logs from an orchard that is being replanted. I’d like to get some feedback on a few different issues:
1. Does anyone know of any band saw mill operators in the San Francisco bay area?
2. Any input on how best to mill the logs? 4/4, 5/4, 8/4? Slabs? The trunks are approximately 12-16” in diameter.
3. I’ve heard citrus lumber can be tricky to dry. This will be my first time milling and drying lumber. Any suggestions or special precautions I should take in drying this material. Right now my plan is to set up an outside platform, and once the ends are sealed and it’s been milled, stack and sticker with a tarp to cover it. Maybe weight the stacks down to keep the boards flat?
4. Is anyone located in the Bay Area or Northern California interested in partnering up on this venture? There are potentially many trees available. I have a trailer and will be picking up the trunks myself.
Thanks for the input folks.