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History of the Lumberyard


... Hopefully this works, as it's too cool to not link up to.  You'll just have to scroll down to the post with the link to the google video...


http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/tonight-history-channel-lumberyard-modern-marvels-14160/


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Very interesting Video - - thanks !

I grew up in Sawmill Country where there were veneer mills (aka plywood), pulp wood, large pine mills, broom handle factory, hardwood mills and etc.  I can still smell some of those old mills if I close my eyes and think back.

They spoke of expensive pieces of wood at the beginning which reminds me of a story, if you don't mind.

One time there was an old man that lived in our community and he fancied himself as a fiddle and doghouse bass player.  Anyhow, he lived in an old shack outside of town and when he died a friend of mine told me that they found a large piece of burly walnut (around 6 feet long and probably 8"x8") that he had stored in his attic and planned on making a new neck for his old doghouse bass (that is a stand up bass fiddle for you novices) - - - anyhow, I had a hobby back then building muzzle loading rifles and was really interested in that piece of walnut so I called one of the heirs (the old man's son, I think) - - - I told him that I would like to buy that piece of walnut - - - - he told me that I could have it if I wanted it so I drove out there the next weekend and they had set fire to the old shack and was cleaning it off for a Mobile home site for one of the Youngins - - - - - I nearly cried nodisbelief

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I went to high school with a guy who's parents were "quite wealthy" to say it politely and bought a nearby farm (used to hunt coons on occasion in the bottoms that connected our farms).  But, Ryan's old man wanted to try and instill some work ethic in his son.  Bought him a chainsaw, and told him to go make firewood to sell.  Well, one day Ryan comes in all proud about this big old tree he cut and got a mountain of firewood from.  Nearly 2' across, and it had a good straight 16-20' trunk with no branches on it.  You guessed it, Walnut.  I did all I could to keep from tossing my lunch.  Easily a $10,000- more likely a $16-20,000 Walnut log hacked and cut for firewood.  I bet it burned real pretty......


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Now that's sad brother..........

I turned walnut on a lathe before making a piece for my Mom, she still has it BTW. That stuff is really hard and very difficult to work with, especially on a lathe. It is also very, very beautiful when finished.

I will be back in the roofing industry next month, don't know if I mentioned that. The axe thread reminded me of the shake sawyers that were really good back in the ol days. One guy, Gene Hansen, worked in a mill and would buy a nice cedar log from them on occasion, get it out to his farm, cut it into bolts and make with a band saw in his shop, the most perfect shakes you ever laid eyes on. I say this because there's alot of crappy stuff out there by sawyers who just wanted to make a buck. A roof fashioned from Gene's shakes was always a most gorgeous sight and you knew would last a long time.

I should add here he was a great person as well...........he is missed. tears.gif

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I have a feeling that this is gonna turn out to be a Great Thread once folks start reading it thumbsup.gif

I have two large Black Walnut Trees on my property that I would love to get rid of - - - I wonder if they are worth anything ?????

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Mello Yello wrote:

I have a feeling that this is gonna turn out to be a Great Thread once folks start reading it thumbsup.gif

I have two large Black Walnut Trees on my property that I would love to get rid of - - - I wonder if they are worth anything ?????



Planning on cutting some firewood????


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At my old house, we had a black walnut tree by the driveway.....That sucker dropped walnuts all over my cars.........Should have sold that thing for the wood.....lol

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schnitz wrote:
Planning on cutting some firewood????
No way Jose' - - - we don't have a wood burning fireplace and neither do the kiddos no
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At my old house, we had a black walnut tree by the driveway.....That sucker dropped walnuts all over my cars.........Should have sold that thing for the wood.....lol


Same here, if you make the mistake of parking the Car in the wrong place - - - - learned that lesson real quick sprint.gif

Too bad it don't make good Bar-B-Quing Wood disbelief

 



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Mello Yello wrote:

I have a feeling that this is gonna turn out to be a Great Thread once folks start reading it thumbsup.gif

I have two large Black Walnut Trees on my property that I would love to get rid of - - - I wonder if they are worth anything ?????



Probably worth more than you think,,, might be something to look into

 up here in the Timber country of the northwest, lumber has been a huge industry, until the tree huggers and envermenlist started messing things up,, first it was saving the spotted owls, in the 70's and since they only breed in old growth trees, you can't cut those anymore,  they would rather they fall and rot,, and the tree huggers don't want any trees condemed to a chainsaw,, just fight wild fires every summer,,  because the forrest is left to get all overgrown ;; so entire towns have ceasted to exist, and thousands of mill workers out of work.. most of those city dwellers don't even know that the paper they wipe their butts with come from trees, Now ya got me all ralled up,, biggrin

I don't know if you guys watched the TV series AXE men, and some of those other shows,, Those were all filmed around here. even that guy that dug huge sunken logs out of lakes and rivers, that had been sunken for hundreds of years.. and most sell for tens of thousands of dollars,  some really exotic woods are buried in mud,,

 





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