This week in urban logging #9: One mans trash...

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 11-02-2008 03:57 PM 4145 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Has been my treasure. I got into urban logging for a specific purpose I thought, to utilize wood that I saw going to waste. A lifelong friend of mine and I got back in touch recently after a few years of having drifted apart , work took him out of state. In our conversation he commented that I have always been a “dumpster diver” citing examples from as far back as elementary school. And once he visited my website and read what I was up to he thought it was perfectly fitting having known me for over 30 years. This was actually something that had never dawned on me. I feel I am a pretty self aware guy, but I never saw that my “urban logging” is just an extension of my natural born dumpster diving tendencies, weird.

Back story out of the way I will post pictures of some “trash” I picked up last week. I get my logs from many sources homeowners/municipalities/tree services…I contacted one tree service I had not heard from for awhile. I was paying him a little for logs since he always seemed to have very nice ones, but he stopped coming around. He had found another buyer (sawmill 2 hours south) that was willing to pay more than I. No problem we all have to eat and business is business, glad he is still putting salvaged logs to good use and making a little more money too. I asked if he had anything the bigger mill did not want ? If you have read my last 2 blog entries that figured mulberry and spalted white oak where in his “fire wood pile”, no other mill wanted them so he was going to split them for fire wood to sell. While visiting his pile of discarded logs that others found no use for there was a pile of walnut crotches they had cut off. I asked “What about these ?”. He told me they cut the Y’s as he called them off logs before taking them to the other mill. Since they were too hard to split they would just be pushed into the timber behind his shop to rot. Of course I asked for those and said I had a use for them, which just received a funny look and a shoulder shrug, they followed me home (well he delivered them with the other logs).

I know that was alot of reading for just 3 pictures. Some more of other mens trash milled into 6/4” thick table tops.

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#1 posted 11-02-2008 04:09 PM

Y indeed, gorgeous stuff, Daren. I wish they had dumpsters like that around here I could dive into. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 11-02-2008 04:14 PM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 11-02-2008 04:43 PM

A good lesson for everyone. I know the local mill by me also doesn’t like to run the “Y’s ” through the saw, and they’re almost free for the taking (they charge me to load my truck, but that’s it.)

If you’ve got a chainsaw and some patience, you can slab them…

-- Steven

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#4 posted 11-02-2008 05:08 PM

wow thats nice stuff! i wish we could find stuff like that around here. whenever people cut down trees in my neighborhood i’m always the first one there trying to get something to turn!

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#5 posted 11-02-2008 07:00 PM

Great story; delightful pictures.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#6 posted 11-02-2008 07:53 PM

Nakashima tables, incredible panels, or un-slabbed beautiful bowls or platters; those are treasure indeed.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 11-05-2008 04:23 PM

ahhh… nice indeed. I need a mill… lol

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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