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post #1 of 14 Old 07-31-2011, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Got wood? I do now.

The past two Sundays have been very good to me. Last week I found a guy who makes baseball bats and had some unusable blanks to get rid of. They were all kiln dried Ash and Maple about 3.5 x 3.5 x 40 inches for 50 cents a piece. Today I headed about 60 miles away to pickup what was described as about a 1/2 ton of log round, log halves, blanks and other assorted pieces of wood. The gentleman was moving out of state and needed to unload everything he had. By the time I got the truck loaded I realized this was more like a ton of wood. It had been stored in his air conditioned basement for anywhere from 5 to 9 years and had all been cut to use for turning bowls. Now I'm not a bowl guy but when I am offered this much Black Walnut, Spalted Maple, Cherry, Locust and Ash for a $100 bill, I'm there. He even kicked in a buffing setup complete with all the supplies just to get rid of it. BTW the pics don't show it all, there were also about 30 small logs 5 to 6 feet long and anywhere from 3 to 5 inches diameter that went in my basement. Also just to the right of the rounds is a stack of large Walnut and Spalted Maple blanks. For some perspective of the whole lot, that is an uncut 4x8 sheet of plywood behind the pile.
Been a long day but everything is in the garage, not the way I want it but I've had enough for today. Time for a shower, a glass of wine and some air conditioning.


















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Good find.
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at that price ya should at least
feel a little bit guilty

WOW what a haul
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What a haul. That should keep you busy a few weeks.
Looks like some hickory, tulip popular, and others also.

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I've had some good finds but nothing like. That'll keep you busy.

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Couldn't feel guilty about it, he knew what he had and just wanted it gone to someone who would appreciate it. His neighbor offered to take it for firewood, that didn't go over too well.
There is a few Poplar rounds in there and three Crab Apple crotches that the wife had loaded and I didn't see. If there is Hickory in there I didn't see it. He had a few of them wrapped in paper bags with the date they were wrapped written on them. Was like Christmas opening those bags.

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Great haul. If its been dry that long you should not have to worry about checking.
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Nice find! Congrats!

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Nice score!

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What a treasure trove to find -- one day I hope to be as lucky!

I just missed a beautiful old maple the town took down in my street, but made friends with the tree crew foreman so perhaps next time

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Thanks guys, I am still digging through it and finding cool things. My head is spinning trying to decide which piece hits the lathe first.

Here's a tip on how I found this stuff. Every morning I get up earlier than I need to, been a morning person all my life, sit down at my laptop with a cup of coffee and search Craigslist for my area. The keywords I use are "lathe", "blanks", "barn" and when I'm desperate "wood", although the last one can create a list of results that are tough to sift through. Now I don't live in a heavily populated area so you may have to narrow your results with some extra words, but the proof is in the pictures, it works. Good Luck and let us know when you score.

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Nice find there, enjoy
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Guess what all my wood turning peops, I'm getting about 20 some logs of that nice Spalted hackberry, will start making some bowls and maybe try some nice urn like boxes maybe with inlays.
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Sweet find for sure. Nice going

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