|Forum topic by Planeman||posted 08-23-2009 10:50 PM||12346 views||5 times favorited||3 replies|
08-23-2009 10:50 PM
I thought I would let my fellow Lumberjocks in the Atlanta, Georgia area know I recently came back from my first visit to a GREAT local source of fine figured hardwood (maple, beech, hackberry, sweetgum, black walnut, tupelo, hickory etc.). Bobtail Critter Sawmill is a small sawmill that is dedicated to the needs of fine woodworkers. It is located in of all places the middle of downtown Atlanta, GA across the I-75/85 connector from Turner baseball stadium on what was Stuart Avenue (it has been re-named lately). Call the number below for specific driving instructions.
Bobtail Critter Sawmill specializes in the salvage of (sub)urban trees removed due to disease, storm damage or construction. Inventories change constantly, so there is no way to say precisely how much of what logs or lumber are available at any given time. It’s best to e-mail or call to make an inquiry before visiting as the owner, Drew Leviton, is often out searching or obtaining new logs. Drew will saw to order if you ask. All wood is sawed to show the best figure in the wood which usually means quartersawing. He uses a Woodmizer LT40HDG24 portable bandsaw and can offer beautiful 8/4 (2” thick) natural edge slabs ideal for large tables as well as large blocks suitable for small and large turnings.
When I was there a week ago there were a number of 8/4 natural-edge maple slabs about 2 ½ feet wide and six to 8 feet long with a fantastic “spalted” figure throughout the wood. I was told there is a disease in the local maple trees that produces it. I’m saving my money for one of these!
If you live anywhere close to Atlanta, GA (U.S.A.) I strongly recommend you call and arrange a visit!
And I should say that I have NO connection to Bobtail Critter Sawmill in any way other than being a customer.
-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.