Where in the heck to find air-dried red elm in New England

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02-25-2013 08:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber hardwood elm red elm sawyer air-dried question boatbuilding

Going to be building a rowboat this summer that will have frames of red elm. If anyone has any leads on air-dried red elm in New England, let me know…or if anyone is a sawyer with access to a log (Maximum length I need is about 6-7 feet).

I’m in Newport, RI.



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#1 posted 02-25-2013 04:01 PM

Not many like dealing with elm. Beautiful wood that can be very hard to work with. Also, some areas like yours were devastated with the dutch Elm disease. There simply isn’t many of the trees left there. All that being said, I have seen in the Boston area some companies that sell slabs and the last time I looked (last fall) they had some. I don’t remember names but you should be able to do a Google search for them.

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 05:21 PM

I think your best bet would be to try to find an Amish mill. They tend to work with elm plenty (as long as it grows relatively local). My dad bought an Amish made desk of red elm that is stunning. I am newish to the area, so I have no idea if there are any Amish out your way (not too hard to find relatively close to central NY, though).

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 05:39 PM

James I will be cutting 2 decent sized elms in the next few days that died last summer. The larger one is around 20 inches on the stump and should have at least 2 decent logs in it the other is about the same diameter on the stump but will only have perhaps on 16’ log. I have a sawyer coming later this spring to saw these and some Maple. The lumber will of course not be dry so it would mean waiting or having it KD. The plus side is if I know what you need for sizes I could have it cut to order. I had no real plans for the lumber I just want to salvage it before it goes by. Send me a message if this could work for you I live in NE VT.

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 05:54 PM

CWG in Endfield CT has KD red elm – I was there last weekend, there is a ton of it


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#5 posted 02-25-2013 06:05 PM

Hi All,

Thanks for you replies.

Lumberjoe – thanks for the lead, but I had seen them already and unfortunately they only have kiln-dried available. I would prefer air-dried, since I will be steam bending pretty aggressively.

Ripthorn – I definitely hadn’t thought of that! I do wish some of the Amish would post to LumberJocks forum, though, so I wouldn’t have to chase them down :)

Monte – It’s a shame it’s so rare. This is complicating my project!

Sprucegum – I’ll be messaging you.

Thanks again,


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