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Forum topic by Nate0303 posted 11-25-2011 09:53 PM 7287 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2011 09:53 PM

I recover and mill old growth cypress and heartpine from the rivers and lakes of South Carolina. I have slabs 30-40” wide and up to 18’ long. Check out my website @!

-- Nathan, South Carolina,

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#1 posted 11-25-2011 10:12 PM

Beautiful wood! Love me some cypress.

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#2 posted 11-25-2011 11:28 PM

Be interested in hearing some of the pricing. How do ya dry the logs?


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#3 posted 11-26-2011 12:21 AM

Bill, our slabs range from $7-12 per board foot. We have logs over 60” in diameter and will be cutting them soon. We’re looking for a larger mill to cut them. Our current slab mill will only cut 48 inches. The growth ring count on our logs are over 20 per inch and normally around 40-50 per inch. I think it would take decades to dry some of these logs as logs. We slice the slabs and let them air-dry for 3-6 months before finishing them off in the kiln. The cypress are 95-100% heart. The river takes the sapwood off before we ever recover them.

-- Nathan, South Carolina,

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 06:06 PM

Wow.. amazing wood

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 12-01-2011 07:53 PM

Nathan, Thanks for posting those photos and your story. That’s an amazing undertaking to rescue those logs and return them to something so beautiful. My hat’s off to you . . . and I like your helper sitting on top of the outboard. -Karl

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#6 posted 12-02-2011 03:15 AM

You could make a small boat:

The Pirogue Maker

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#7 posted 12-02-2011 03:32 AM

WOW, That’s an amazing craft. I wonder how long it took to carve that boat. Like the men that cut these logs down with ax’s over a hundred years ago. These were real men. I always wonder how long it took to cut some of these trees down? The only answer I’ve come up with is not half as long as it would have taken me!

-- Nathan, South Carolina,

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