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GenuineGeek

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04-21-2013 02:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawmill lumber private

Mostly I do turning so I am looking for thicker short pieces of lumber. I live in Olds, AB, but would be willing to drive a couple of hours to make a connection with a sawmill that is friendly to deal with individuals who make small private purchases. Do you know of any, or have any news on this to share with me?

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.


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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 05:43 AM

GG, for turning purposes, the best mill you can find is your own chainsaw. You don’t need the typical long, straight boards that a mill puts out. Hook up with some local turners anywhere from Calgary to Red Deer and find out where they go to salvage/scavenge their own turning blanks. And get some instruction on using a chainsaw if you’re not already proficient.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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GenuineGeek

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 03:11 PM

I don’t have a chainsaw, but I agree, that would be good. I don’t have a band-saw either. The suggestion for finding outer sources is good too, and I do that already too.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 04:17 PM

Ask a local tree trimming company. They get more than they know what to do with.

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#4 posted 04-22-2013 05:20 PM

Like LAKELOVER above. Find where the local electrical company is doing right-of-way maintenance. They are more than happy to cut the lengths the way they want. On 3.2 miles of ROW I picked 40 Basswood logs up to 12 inches, wild pin cherry up to 9 inches, northern white cedar up to 12 inches. Some folks wanted me to take it all. So I also got white and red pine, box elder, red oak, apple, yellow birch and sumac. Also a few diamond willow sticks. It took a lot of time to handle and process—-but I got some neat wood, burls and highly figured bolts. Look for the contractor trucks and ask the foreman. They may also have some mulching chips for you. Good Luck. Steve, On Wisconsin.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 07:42 PM

That is good LakeLover, except I don’t have the equipment to deal with logs. No chainsaw, no bandsaw. Though I may find someone to cut stuff for me.
I know all these other suggestions already, I was hoping someone could actually specifically answer the question.
I am grateful for the responses, don’t get me wrong guys – thanks.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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GenuineGeek

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#6 posted 04-22-2013 09:53 PM

I like all the ideas you guys are giving me, it’s just that I ALSO want to find a small sawmill operator as well as all those ideas. If anyone knows of one around Calgary to the south, and Red Deer to the north please post.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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