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Forum topic by Spriggy posted 01-26-2015 08:49 PM 838 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Spriggy

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01-26-2015 08:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: green woodworking timber logs

I know most people probably don’t have this issue, but since I have started to dabble in green woodworking (starting with the log), I have had an incredibly hard time trying to find a good source for wood. Any ideas on where I can find a green wood supplier?

-- A man without a knife is a man without a life


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#1 posted 01-26-2015 08:56 PM

I could send you a whole log, but since you don’t tell us where you are in your profile, it would probably be dried by the time it got there.

Maybe you should think about giving a bit more information.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 09:00 PM

Sorry – just signed up today and haven’t had time to update all that info yet. I’m near Nashville, TN.

-- A man without a knife is a man without a life

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 09:09 PM

It’s really tough. Almost all of the logs I’ve gotten have been by simply keeping an eye out, especially after big storms. I jog in the woods in at a couple different places here in the small city I live in and have several times hauled out 5-6 foot lengths on my shoulders, after park crews have cut trees down.
I’ve repeatedly tried calling firewood sellers but so far have had little luck People say about calling mills and asking to buy a log or two, which would presumably work.
Last summer I almost decided to buy a small woodlot, but decided that was a bit crazy.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 09:25 PM

If you are close to us in Texas I will, (hopefully), be bringing down close to a dozen large oaks, elms, Chinese Tallow, Sycamore, young mesquite and others between June and August.
The Oaks are the largest….. 30” across. Bring a chainsaw before I toss them on the burn pile.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 09:28 PM

SPriggy, ask via email at Woodmizer. There have to be at least a dozen mills withing 30 miles of Nasville you could get logs from.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 01-26-2015 10:00 PM

Do not expect anyone to bring cut to size wood to you for free. You will definitely need a vehicle and perhaps a gas chain saw.

Local tree trimmers, get a lot of request from people wanting free wood. Many do not mind if dropping off some wood cannot sell and saves them a trip to a dump. City or county trash dumps may have a section for trees & debris, trees & debris put out road side.

Check Craigslist & other message boards for firewood & saw mills.

http://nashville.craigslist.org/search/maa?query=firewood&minAsk=&maxAsk=

http://nashville.craigslist.org/search/maa?query=saw+mill&minAsk=&maxAsk=

-- Bill

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#7 posted 01-26-2015 10:09 PM

Call up your local tree cutters. Most will either cut you up some pieces wherever they are doing the work or let you go to their business site and get a few hunks. Most tree cutters in my neck of the woods, bring the logs to their facility and cut it for firewood and sell it. Throw them a few $$ and they will be happy to cut it and put it in your vehicle for you. I’ve also made some things for them as a token of my appreciation. Now they call me and ask if I have any need for logs. If you do this, make sure you get a metal detector and check the logs. Many times, you’ll find a nail or two embedded.

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 05:36 AM

In Atlanta there’s a repository where tree removal services take their logs. One of the sawyers I buy from gets his logs from there. They are in most big cities. I’m sure Nashville has one.

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#9 posted 01-28-2015 01:21 PM

Ya have some great suggestions there. Along with CL and tree services, ive gotten free logs in new developments. Land has to be cleared and often there’s a pile of logs needing to be disposed of. Anywhere a new subdivision,shopping center, etc, is gonna go there’s usually trees that need to come out. But it is always wise to talk to people in charge rather than just taking it.
Been rather lucky,too with tree service people- just stop where I see them working on a potentially good lumber tree and ask if I can get it.
Also excavation companies. I notice quite a few with log piles on their property.

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#10 posted 01-29-2015 02:53 PM

Thanks y’all, this is some great information – plenty of options for me to try out. I’ll report back on what works best.

-- A man without a knife is a man without a life

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