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post #1 of 9 Old 12-29-2011, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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500 year old timber!

I'm in the process of having the Amish take a 160 y/o house on my farm. I'm loving learning about all this old wood! There is some cedar but 95% of it is old growth American Tulip/Yellow Poplar. What U can see in the photos is about 65% of the wood. There are about 20 huge 14" X 14" X 20' hand hewn timber that are still in the debris. There are 5 large rooms of tongue and groove American Tulip floors as well as American Tulip siding.

There is way more than I can use in my new home that I'm constructing. Let me know if anyone is interested!

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-29-2011, 01:22 AM
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That's a big old pile of awesome you have there. Its amazing how long that wood lasts without deteriorating when its built properly. If I were close by Ide probably get in trouble with the wife and buy it from ya
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I am confused. Is the wood 500 years old or 160 years old?

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I am confused. Is the wood 500 years old or 160 years old?

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I assume he meant 160 years since it was cut down and milled and the tree was 340 years old before it was milled?
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Yes... These trees were cut down from old growth stands that were at least 300 years old... + 160... U get the logic! The big timbers are yet to be removed from the foundation. Can't wait to get some photos of those!

I'll keep U all posted!

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OK. In my mind the "wood" is only 160 years old.

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OK. In my mind the "wood" is only 160 years old.

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George, you can see in pic #0174 that the boards were cut on a circular saw mill so that would date 'em 'round 1850 er so.
So that dates the boards 160 y/o +/-.

Man, that sure i some quality lookin lumber jist screamin fer a new use

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Awesome haul! Congrats!

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George C... My point is it's amazing that this wood has been around for 500 years. Very cool thought!

The research that I've done points to timber coming from the property. (when it was a 120 acre farm) The bricks were most probably made from clay on the property as well. You can see the scrap marks on top from the straight edge used to swipe along the forms and the bottom has pock marks from whatever surface they were sitting on on the other side.

I'm in the process of finding out which Revolutionary Soldier the land was granted to... (thanks to a member from this site)

Lot's of fun learning the history!

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