So you're in the unenviable position of needing to deal with 6,000+ bf of
quality hardwood? How terrible. With my method, you'd certainly have splitting
If you're facing a disposal problem, I can help!
Actually, if you lived nearby I’d let you help. If we cut any more, I will not
only give some away but also sell some to the hardwood retailers here. The
lumber is in the Midwest and I live in Texas. My little trailer cannot carry
more than 1,000 lbs, so it takes a few runs to get a load back to storage here
and in the meantime it stays in my mother’s double garage. As she no longer has
a car, that’s not the problem it would have been a few years ago.
It all started as a lark and an adventure because we knew there was wonderful
wood waiting to rot away and not only did we want the wood, but also, we wanted
to see if we could pull it off.
However, not all is mine. The first time we did this it was because a storm had
topped two big walnuts, and there was some downed white oak. That was about ten
years ago. Yield was about 1100 ft of each, which he and I split. The walnut
was superb; the oak was nice but interesting in that it was wormed. I have been
using the wormy oak to make furniture and quite like the results. Have used
quite a bit of the walnut making cradles of my own design as various children
marry off and then start families. I have a good source for curly and Birdseye
maple and find that, with my design, the maple and the walnut go together
A year ago we took a number of un-wormed first growth white oak logs to the
sawyer. He cut them in May, and had dried them by August. The trees had to be
taken because they had died and were posing risks to structures. We got 2100
-2300 bd ft of oak. Not all was high-grade of course – literally run of mill --
but some is just wonderful. The lots of good rift sawn wood and beautiful book
matched q-sawn boards. Because the trees were standing snags when we cut them,
much of the sapwood is lost. One third of that is mine as split with same
friend and one of my brothers.
At the same time that we took delivery of the dried white oak, we sent a load of
black oak with a little walnut and a couple of basswood logs to the mill. That
will be cut when the weather warms. The sawyer says that his blade tends to
wander in frozen logs. His cutting is very precise – he is a retired tool and
die maker who later became an equipment designer for Caterpillar. It is a
pleasure to stand with him as he runs logs trough his big Woodmizer. In fact,
being honest and not caring for controversy HE WILL NOT saw unless the customer
is there, and they spray paint the ends of the cut wood and count the boards
together if he keeps them for kiln -drying.