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tekton

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2526 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: lumber oak chestnut sawmill sawyer

I was talking to a local sawyer today and found out he had about 100bf of oak left that has been supposedly been buried under a road for over 100 yrs. The story I was told was that the logs had originally been placed in a ditch and covered over for a wagon trail in the 1800’s then years later the same road was paved by the county and is still in use. The way he came across the logs was a new water main was being installed and the logs were dug up after all those years and a friend of his that was working on the water main called and told him of the logs and he went and brought them home and sawed them on his sawmill and what I saw is whats left. Anyway he let me have a board to bring home and plane to see what it looked like (pics below). So I wanted to get some opinions from some fellow jocks to see what you thought of the wood from the pictures the first one is a shot of the board before and after some jointing and planing, it was one of the worst boards he had and was cupped severely so it lost a lot of thickness during machining but it sure is pretty. The second shot is of the end grain showing why this board was cupped so bad. The last shot is the big surprise it’s a small piece of American chestnut ( I’m still slobbering myself) it came from the same place and he has over 100bf of it but couldn’t come up with a price that he was willing to let it go for, he definitely knows what it is and how valuable it is. So what do you think how much would this oak and chestnut be worth? I know how much I pay for green and kiln dried oak but this I have no idea what its worth and the chestnut I definitely don’t know. Any thoughts, opinions, feedback would be very appreciated.


-- tektōn an artificer, that is, (specifically) a craftsman in wood: - carpenter. http://cicc.wordpress.com


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Karson

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#1 posted 2526 days ago

Good find. What was he asking or was he waiting for you to give a price?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 2526 days ago

glad to hear that this wasn’t just sent to chewed up into mulch

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Mario

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#3 posted 2526 days ago

that is some beautiful wood!! Do you know the approximate moisture content? I would move slowly with wood of that quality but listen to some of the wood experts from this site ( I’m not one of them)

-- Hope Never fails

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