|Forum topic by UpstateNYdude||posted 08-30-2013 03:28 AM||836 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
08-30-2013 03:28 AM
So the other day I found a CL ad with live edge lumber for sale for only .50-$1 a board foot curious as to what species he had I asked if he had any Maple or Walnut (my favorites) he said he didn’t have walnut he was selling but did have maple and curly maple also. So I asked for directions and went and visited him today to see the wood, little did I know I’d be seeing a master craftsman at work.
His name is Barry Gregson and his chairs were small masterpieces, I’ve never seen more beautifully crafted rustic chairs in my life, each seat was contoured then he even hand carves in into that and his wood matching was something amazing to behold. He’s been doing this for 33 years and has made chairs for Disney and even the richest of the rich and he couldn’t possibly any nicer.
But back to the reason I came, the wood, well it turns out he need a specific wood and one of our only local distributors of hardwoods was charging $9 a bf for it so he was selling off the stock he didn’t need or want. Now when I say he has a ton of wood I mean tons and tons and tons he estimates somewhere around 33,000 bf, and I don’t doubt it he brought me to no less then 5 different sheds and outside air drying spots he has all over his property to show me along with seeing his Woodmizer mill and newly cut stack of black walnut which sadly he couldn’t sell to me.
Then he brought me to the stacks of maple and they were nothing short of what he had told me figured and curly I was a kid in a candy store in those stacks. I only had my car so I could only take home a couple 9 footers and some smaller 6 foot pieces (ahhh the benefits of having a large car with fold down trunk seats) unfortunately I did notice some pieces seem to have powderpost beetle holes which worries me some but 2” thick 9ft long curly maple for $1 a bf I couldn’t resist along with some curly butternut also at .50 cents a bf. In all I fit about 70 bf in my car and paid $60 got a great tour of a master woodworkers shop and spoke with his son who also builds the chairs and saw some of the greatest pieces I’ve ever seen.
I don’t think I’ve ever had such a good Thursday even though I still had to work I doubt it could have gotten better.
Shows some of his work and some of his families also
-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh