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Recently I found an interesting wood store fairly close to where I live. I had been by the store hundreds of times but never stopped. All the display items outside were small wood pieces and hand made clothing. Usually there are several ladies outside looking at the clothes. Little did I realize!!

I found a very knowledgeable elder Japanese man who is retired and loves make wood knickknacks. He excitedly gave me a tour describing every work in detail and naming the wood it came from; many of which I have never encountered or knew of. He had several pieces of ironwood and blood wood, both easy to recognize.

I did not realize what one stack of waney edged wood was until he gave me a piece of the bark, it was cinnamon. Other wood I have never seen was: camphor, Japanese pepper, fragrant olive, and Japanese pagoda. One of his favorite work is to make designs from natural sawdust of different colors.

The best part was the tour in the back shed that held a mammoth band saw. It stands around 10 feet tall and the blade is somewhere around 6 inches wide. It is used to saw up logs. He promised to help me cut up some cherry wood; I just have to figure out how to get it here. The logs are up in a mountain 2 hours away and $60 in tolls one-way.

I thought some of you might like the pictures. I will post more of cutting up the cherry logs.
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A picture of the logs that need to get to the saw mill.
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That's a great story Steve - thanks for posting - I've just got to make some of those owls!
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Hi Steve.

That is some band saw.....

Thanks for posting.

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A picture of the logs that need to get to the saw mill.

Are you able to beg/borrow/steal/rent a chainsaw and cut the logs into lengths that you can transport.

You have to weigh the cost of the tolls against the cost of the timber to buy....

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Cool photos - Thanks for posting.

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Just a personal opinion/observation, but thos logs don't look large enough to justify the hauling, tolls, and sawing costs. You need to explore these costs and get some diameter and length measurements of those logs for your sawyer to look at. With the measurements he should be able to give you a rough estimate of how many board feet you will have once they have been milled. Does the saw owner have a kiln? After the sawing the boards need to be kiln dried to kill insects as well as stabilize the wood before you can use it. This will be an added expense to add to your cost totals.

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Steve, thanks for posting. That's one serious band saw. From the looks of it, and all of the wood that's been cut, I'm guessing he does more than make owls. I also doubt that he has much of a problem coming up with sawdust for his projects. Very clever. Sort of a woodworker's version of colored sand in a bottle.

Charley made an excellent point. Although you don't know how much usable wood will come out of those trees the sawyer's estimate will give you a ballpark so you can calculate the cost per board foot. It might be cheaper just going to a local sawmill or lumber yard. At least there you'd know what you're getting. Unfortunately for me, I don't live near any sawmills and the closest thing to a lumber yard is HD or Lowes. Not exactly purveyors of fine lumber. Since I do small projects, toys for the grandkids which is usually under 10 BF, I pay high prices and buy through the Internet. I also don't have a planer or, I'm ashamed to admit, a table saw, I'd have a problem with rough cut lumber. Some day ...
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Steve, please tell the gentleman that I admire his work. I am sure the cost of transporting the wood is far lower than the cost to purchase it already processed. We tend to forget that wood prices vary from country to country. I was at the Rockler store near me when a shipment of wood from South America came in. The packing crate was built from bloodwood! What costs an arm and a leg here is dirt cheap in other countries.

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Great post! That's a big band saw. I like the little projects that the man did.
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