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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-22-2014, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Default 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.
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Look like you got a great deal Earl
What is walnut now over 4 dollars
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$4/bf was what i was thinking--just checked a local dealer and see that for #1 common at 100'. 3" is above $10 for 100'. There was another skid that was mixed walnut & cherry--all wider than 12" that he wanted $50 for, and some skids of western red cedar at $25 each. The cedar was stunning, may have to go get some of that.

It was a good deal, but even better was the hour i got to be sniffing wood stacks. And, i gotta admit that Dan had a passion that made me feel normal.

Thinking about building a small kiln of some sort but by the time i'll have time to work and warm temps, most of that should be ready!!
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Great wood. Great price.
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Nice stash Earl and impressive negotiating skills.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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if your willing to be patient and don't mind a little travel,, you can find some outstanding deals on CL from time to time..

nice find Earl!

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