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Forum topic by ErikF posted 02-07-2015 01:43 AM 1521 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2015 01:43 AM

Thought I would share a recent find of mine. I was lucky enough to come by a guy selling some recently harvested American Chestnut- milled about 1.5 years ago. I was skeptical but he had a pretty convincing story so I went to check it out. I’m no expert on American chestnut but I did a lot of research before looking at the wood- after all it was 2 hours away. I bought two pieces off him and took them to the local college to have them checked out by a professor that had some samples to compare it to. He called me back two days later to confirm that it was American chestnut. There are still a few trees growing up here in northern michigan out of the natural range of the chestnut, this allowed a few to escape the blight that killed so many. This tree was growing for 100 years before being taken out by a bad wind storm, luckily the owner of the land decided to have the tree milled. I now have a very beautiful sight when I walk into my garage…

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#1 posted 02-07-2015 01:48 AM

Sweet. Congratulations on the find.

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#2 posted 02-07-2015 02:01 AM

Wow, great find. Can’t wait to see what you make with it.

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#3 posted 02-07-2015 02:06 AM

Excellent! Time for a special project.

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#4 posted 02-07-2015 02:40 AM

Awesome find. Any of it good for saw handles? :)

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#5 posted 02-07-2015 04:44 AM

The tradition around here when someone posts a find or a gloat is to say “You Suck.” LOL! I’m envious.

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#6 posted 02-07-2015 12:13 PM

That’s a great find!

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#7 posted 02-07-2015 12:43 PM

Would make a nice blanket chest.

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#8 posted 02-07-2015 02:23 PM

Very jealous!

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#9 posted 02-07-2015 02:31 PM

Eric, save that stuff for something really special. What a great find, looking forward to the project.

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#10 posted 02-07-2015 02:49 PM

Awesome find, Erik! I have a few tiny pieces of Am. Chestnut in the shop, but it’s too rare to use. Looks like you scored enough to actually build an heirloom piece! Congrats!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 02-07-2015 03:19 PM

I’ll definitely use some for a special project- I’m going to have a pretty cool update photo of some more after my road trip today!

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#12 posted 02-07-2015 05:08 PM

I bought a pickup load of American Chestnut in the spring of last year and am having a great time with it. Nice find. I hope that your projects turn out well.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#13 posted 02-07-2015 05:21 PM

Nice score Erik, You are in the land of many good woods!

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#14 posted 02-07-2015 10:55 PM

There is a shop door somewhere in there and another 300bf on the trailer. Life is good. I’m selling some if this stuff off to balance my bill so if anyone is interested just send me a PM. I’m located near traverse city, MI.

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#15 posted 02-07-2015 11:12 PM

Genuine American chestnut without worm holes is a rare find. Congrats Erik on a tremendous score.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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