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Forum topic by Amatuana posted 01-08-2015 07:42 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2015 07:42 PM

I want to make a small box for some one in MA (it is state tree), so I need about 10 board feet.

Dutch elm disease has made it hard to find.

Does anyone have any sources?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 07:48 PM

I think Eisenbrand in Torrance, CA, sells elm.

People who make traditional bows want it. A supplier
adverting in a bowyer’s journal might have it.

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 10:04 PM

Thanks for this. I called and they do not have any.

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 10:30 PM

I”Googled” american elm lumber and several sources came up. One of the first hits, Baldwin Hardwoods, indicated that they have over 100 board feet of 4/4 stock in stock. I have never heard of this place, and cannot comment on their wood, but it seems that you can find elm by searching. Price seemed very fair too.

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 10:36 PM

One of the sawyers I use lists it on his website.

Tallgrass Custom Wood Products

Very knowledgeable guy (doctorate in forest ecology) and easy to work with. His operation is small, so doesn’t have all species all the time, but you could contact him to see about availability and shipping.

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 10:58 PM

Your best bet is to start looking for your local small sawmills and asking them. The smaller local mills often have the species of trees that don’t make it to the commercial mills. Find a few in your area and you can just call them up and check out what they have.
I have a great guy in North East PA – Polley Woodworking and Lumber.
Tell him Matt Rogers sent you. He is super nice, prices are great, and I know that he has elm as I picked up a board a while ago. I even saw him making up an order of elm flooring for a customer so it is not that rare.
If you can’t find anything. I have one nice board, but I don’t know if it is 10 board feet

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#6 posted 01-09-2015 02:19 AM

I cut quite a bit of elm but the shipping would cost more than the lumber! Check with local mills in your area. Elm can be problematic to dry so look out for that!

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This is an example of the elm we have.

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#7 posted 01-09-2015 03:22 AM

Bagdad Lumber Sawmill and Kiln LLC in Bagdad, KY. Their website says they have Elm at $4/bf for 4/4.

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#8 posted 01-11-2015 06:30 PM

Thanks everyone! I think I am good now.

Those boxes are great gfadvm!

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