Picked up some Walnut today
Saw an ad on CL for a variety of wood about 40 miles from me. Gave the guy a call and took a long lunch today so i could have a look. The guy learned woodworking from his father, who passed away earlier this year. They always cut, air dried and milled their own stock, so when Dan retired early this year he fulfilled a long time dream and bought a Wood Mizer for himself. From the looks of his Mother's property, he's stayed mighty busy, and i could tell flipping through stacks that he's gotten better fast.
I spent much longer than intended but had a good look around. He's got a pair of gorgeous Osage Orange logs that were recently cut and will be dried to become a new front door for his house. Plenty of red & white oak, walnut and some really nice red cedar that have been slabbed in the past 6 months, and i got to see some of the "private stock" that's been cut for over 20 years. Quite an enjoyable hour. I went there thinking this was someone who was selling off a relative's stash and instead found somebody who just likes cutting wood. So...i didn't feel compelled to buy way more than i needed, since i know i can get more!!
He can only cut up to 12' lengths, so i bought a small pallet of walnut shorts (i've got a 2 door sports coupe--not a truck) cut this year, plus about 25 bf of old walnut so i have something i can use over the winter. Without doing an accurate count, i'm guessing between 60 and 70 bf total, maybe a tick more. Some of the old a touch ragged, but i'd say at least 2/3 would grade S & B. Widths from 10-14", 3 sets of 5-6 board flitches. Mostly 4/4, a little 8/4 and a matched pair of 12/4 x 7" spalted pieces. He's thinking they would make great gun stocks, i'm going to set them aside for a few years to see if i want to resaw or find someone who could make a great single piece from them.
He asked for $95, but i was able to talk him up to an even $100. I did admit that i was trying to suck up for the next trip over!! Best lunch "hour" (2 and a half!!) i've had in some time.