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09-24-2008 05:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: full raw hardwood logs

FULL RAW HARDWOOD LOGS: Where in the world can you find the huge hardwood blocks needed for a project like a 6 foot ship’s figurehead carving? I plan to vice cement several dried squares together to limit the natural splitting that will come with full drying / age. Done right it should give an “antiqued look” to the project. I can’t seem to find full hardwood logs for sale as singles. I haven’t got the $$$ to buy a whole truckload of timber!

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#1 posted 09-24-2008 05:21 AM

I was at a sawmill last week and he had a cherry log 3’ wide by 6’ long. It would make a big carving.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-24-2008 02:58 PM

Your best bet is smaller dry pieces glued up like you are thinking. I would look in the reclaimed timber market. Old barn beams for example would be air dried and big enough to not have too much fastening to do to make a big chunk.

You don’t want a log, it’ll just bust as it dries. If you were anywhere near central Illinois I could get you a free/cheap log, you pick it up.

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#3 posted 09-29-2008 05:49 AM

Dawk: In some areas guys are buying container loads of hardwoods from over seas milling it and selling it green to people who are going to dry the wood themselves. If you locate one of these guys you can purcase a log from them. If I were younger purchacing green, drying and storing would be one of the best investments you could make for your retirement, save save save then sell for retirement or when you need some cash.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 11:22 AM

TopE5 – Can you elaborate on the Ike/logs in landfills thing? I’m assuming you mean Eisenhower. Are you talking about while building the interstates???


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#5 posted 09-29-2008 02:10 PM

Here in St. Paul all the huge trees cut on city property go to a collection point where they are either burned of cut up and chipped. Most fair sized cities should have a similar set up. You might weasel something from them, however some cities won’t even sell you parts of a downed tree. I imagine liabilities are the sticking point in big cities, but maybe smaller towns would be more flexible.

You could also try local tree services – maybe easier to deal with.

I drove thru St. Paul’s collection point and there were huge piles of big trunk sections.

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#6 posted 09-30-2008 06:46 AM

Jeez, I just got the landfill thing.



Truly embarrassing.

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#7 posted 02-13-2009 05:41 AM

I have a small bandsaw mill and kiln operation in Wisconsin. My suggestion would be to
contact a local sawyer who custom cuts and dries lumber and look through their log inventory.
I typically keep 3-10k bd feet of logs on hand for sawing needs. The landfill/recycle center
can be a very good and economical log source as well, one person’s trash is truly another’s treasure.

-- Phil

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