|Forum topic by Russel||posted 2228 days ago||7333 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
2228 days ago
Okay, I may need an intervention. Today I bought about 125 bdft of lumber. I recently purchased some birdseye maple from Barlow (a fellow LumberJock). And I ordered a couple 10 bdft hobby packs from Bell Forest Products last week (because the WoodWhisperer said to). So, in the past week or so I purchased about 160 bdft of lumber.
I got Ash, Birdseye Maple, Birch, Spalted Maple and Walnut. This is added to the 150 bdft of Cherry, Walnut and White Oak I’ve already got stored away. I’m pretty much set for a while, but I’m guessing I’ll be buying more if I see something interesting or a good price.
Let’s start with Bell Forest Products who were mentioned in Marc’s last podcast. He mentioned that he had a good experience with them so I wandered over to their website and was rather impressed. So, I ordered a couple hobby packs and hope to see them soon.
Of course, Barlow mentioned he had, and I quote, “Too much Birdseye Maple”. And after thinking on it for a while, I ordered some and it is quite nice (the picture doesn’t do it justice).
Then there was CraigsList. I find I look there alot. Well I found two ads that caught my attention. The first was a gentleman named Dennis Duncan in Almont, Michigan about 30 miles north of me. Well he has a barn full of wood. From what he tells me, either his father or father in law (I wasn’t clear on which) liked sawing lumber and over the years accumulated thousands of boardfeet of it; all kinds. I took a drive up to his place and it was just liked he described. He said I would be like a kid in a candy store and I was. He also said it would be like a treasure hunt. And it was because everywhere he went, he turned over some wood that looked fantastic. I got about 20 bdft of walnut and 30-40 bdft of spalted maple from him. Nice wood. He and his wife are looking to sell the lumber (which has been drying in the barn for years), so if you’re interested, I can put you in touch with him. Here’s a little spalted maple.
Finally there’s Chuck and John of log2lumber who had a load of air dried 5/4 Ash for a really good price. These guys saw lumber on the weekends and evenings when they can. Like Dennis, they were quite friendly and easy to deal with and I got a bunch of Ash from them.
So far, not only have I stocked up on lumber, but I’ve found a few folks that I’ve enjoyed doing business with, and hope to do more in the future. However, I’m going to have to watch my budget.
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