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Forum topic by sprucegum posted 03-23-2013 03:24 PM 802 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2013 03:24 PM

This forum may cause me to freeze to death. For about 45 of my 61 years I have made at least a portion of my income from the harvest of trees. My dad and grand dad taught me well how to do this work and they also taught me what a valuable log was and what went in the firewood pile. If a log had laid around a bit and had spalted it was ruined, a knot was a defect, a hardwood tree with a big heart was pallet stock, you must cut the log off well before the crotch or the grade will be cut, wormey wood you may as well burn it, and the list goes on. Since I have started following LJ you guys have given me a whole new outlook, I now have over 3000 bdft of logs waiting to be milled into lumber most of it would have either gone into my wood pile or been sold as low grade hardwood before I ran into you guys. Gramp would roll over in his grave if he knew I was planning to make lumber from a spalted maple log with tap holes and a crotch in it. Problem is I may have to buy oil to heat my house next winter most of my wood pile is in the dam log pile. Just to show you how crazy this business is my son had a log buyer come to his logging job last winter to pick some high grade maple logs the guy paid over $900 for 6 logs but rejected some perfect birds eye maple logs, he said birds eye is a defect.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#1 posted 03-23-2013 04:23 PM

Birds eye is a defect ?! What a numnut.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#2 posted 03-23-2013 05:33 PM

Apparently birds eye does not turn well in this particular veneer mill. But birds eye is pretty hard to market to many commercial mills. You almost have to find a specialty mill or buyer. I think some of the problem is it is hard to find enough at one time to be viable for things like furniture stock. Pretty hard for a manufacturer to market one of a kind dining room sets. I could have bought several small birds eye logs from a logger this winter for not much over pulpwood price but I did not want to deal with them at the time. This is why I am picking up my new saw mill tomorrow. At least we will have some slabwood to heat the house with LOL.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 05:50 PM

Good news and more good news,winters is over and Birds eye maple has a high demand, find another buyer.

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#4 posted 03-23-2013 06:25 PM

You are of course correct that there is a demand for birds eye lumber from custom shops and wood workers but the reality is it is hard for a timber producer to find a market for a couple of logs. If he had 3-4 thousand bdft to make a load perhaps a buyer could be found but the reality is most commercial mills that are sawing several loads a day to fill orders are not normally frothing at the mouth to pay a premium. Add that to the fact that hauling even full loads of logs more than a couple of hundred miles is impractical it makes a pretty limited market.
As for winter being over it is 28 degrees here and snowing sideways adding more to the foot we still have on the ground , I am sick of playing in the shop, the sap won’t run so we can’t make maple syrup, so I am playing on the dam internet LOL

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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