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Curly Douglas Fir and Crows Foot Hemlock

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I'm new to this form and looking for information. My father worked at the Cottage Grove, Oregon Weyerhauser back in the 1960's. He was able to pick through over 6 million board feet of lumber and came out with some very pretty boards of Curly Douglas Fir and Crows Foot Hemlock. These boards have been dry kiln, and ranged from 6 feet to 16 feet long. An assortment of 2x4, 1x6, 1x8, 2x6, and 2x8. He has had it stored in his barn for over 50 years. It's in excellent condition and he has asked me to sell it for him. The questions are: What would you make out of it? And what is it worth? I found a few pictures of Curly Douglas Fir used as a guitar body, but nothing on Crows Foot Hemlock......any feedback would be appreciated. I've attached a few picture to give you an idea of what the boards look like. Thanks!
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To the right buyer, that will be a treasure----however, reaching the right buyer will be difficult.

Are you hoping to sell the lot to one buyer--or sell it a board at a time?
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[sarcasm]The wood isn't worth anything. Send it to me and I will dispose of it for you.[/sarcasm]

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Seriously, that is some nice looking wood. I wish I had space to store wood.

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I have made many projects from pine--Hemlock and fir---I know it is not a 'high class' wood--but the simple unpretentious character suits me well--

That wood is nice---I would love to have a stack for projects----
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Thanks Mikeswoods, Am I hoping to sell to one buyer as opposed to one board at a time. I hate to cut this wood into small pieces. I'm not sure where you can find 16 foot boards in Curly Fir. It seems like it should go to molding or trim in a nice home. My father told me that back in the old days they wanted clear wood without all the swirls. They would cut the trees off 20 feet from the ground to avoid the twists and curls.
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Thanks Quo Fan, I guess if it comes to it I can always use it for kindling.
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Where I live figured softwoods are sadly for the most part cheaper than play because it can be a challenge to work. In the past we have made similar timber into a few pieces of trim and varnished them up up nicely. If people see what it can look like as a finished product it will be more appealing. Where I from your wood is worth 28 great British pounds per board foot whatever that is in your currency.

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Thanks Develin, I looked up 28 pounds and it converts to $43.00 U.S. dollars. Both of this Hemlock and Fir is surprisingly hard, maybe because of all the curls and knots. I've attached a few guitar pictures I found made out of Curly Fir. It really is pretty stuff!
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Wow i won't write a long long reply because all I can really saw is wow!!!!!

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Thanks Develin, I looked up 28 pounds and it converts to $43.00 U.S. dollars. Both of this Hemlock and Fir is surprisingly hard, maybe because of all the curls and knots. I've attached a few guitar pictures I found made out of Curly Fir. It really is pretty stuff!
Those look fantastic!

Douglas fir is hard stuff once it dries thoroughly. The base for my workbench is made out of it, and boring through the legs when I was building it was a tough job.
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Those look fantastic!

Douglas fir is hard stuff once it dries thoroughly. The base for my workbench is made out of it, and boring through the legs when I was building it was a tough job.
Thanks Andy. We took a small piece and sanded the top to apply different types of stain, and it sanded just like a hard wood.
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Thanks Andy. We took a small piece and sanded the top to apply different types of stain, and it sanded just like a hard wood.
Yup. Dense stuff, mostly.
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To the right buyer, that will be a treasure----however, reaching the right buyer will be difficult.

Are you hoping to sell the lot to one buyer--or sell it a board at a time?
I am restoring a pipe organ console and need two pieces of crows foot hemlock straight grain cut. Finish size would be 1-3/8ths by 33 -1/4th inches. Clear without end checks. I live in Lincoln City. I wonder if your father knew Harold Tonole. He was one of the state forestry people in that area and Roseburg. I would be happy to come down at this if you had would consider parting with 3 pieces. Perhaps you could take a smart phone photo and sent to me.
Or a plank we could cut 3 pieces out of. One would be backup in case of a BoBo!

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