Wood Scavenging

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Blog series by Eric M. Saperstein updated 10-19-2013 08:15 PM 10 parts 24778 reads 74 comments total

Part 1: Woodworkers make GREAT scavengers ...

12-29-2011 10:48 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 5 comments »

OK so we’re ALL scavengers. Never waste good wood … (I think Jack Nicholson made a comment of similar concept different subject right? ...) ... anyway I couldn’t resist that reference! So we’ve been busy scavenging, this is only the start! A lot more is coming as we open up more resources to obtain interesting lumber. Over the summer we picked up a rather large mulberry tree – which if I heard right is ready for the kiln shortly. Here’s one of the la...

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Part 2: Mulberry & Osage Orange @ the Mill

01-10-2012 04:09 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 7 comments »

As we progress w/ our wood scavenging the mill is doing their job and things are being sliced and stacked! There appears to be 22 slabs of mulberry (we get half) ... there’s a pile of misc chunks under this too that will be interesting. One mainly we want for a table base. Hoping to have this in hand in a couple months, its hitting the kiln next in line. Waiting to see what kinda figuring (if any) we scored in this lot. So far looks like 34 labs of osage orange – plus th...

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Part 3: Walnut and Black Locust in the Mix

03-02-2012 09:44 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 7 comments »

Our scavenging efforts have progressed along to now include a 66” x 28” black walnut log – and a we’re in progress gathering a rather large and strait black locust tree. Not sure exactly what we’re doing w/ the locust yet but why not play with something different? The walnut – thinking we’re going to have it milled into 3” flitches and setup for some nice tables and benches. Probably to go into our gaming line. We’re hoping to pick up a...

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Part 4: Equipment rigged - we're in business!

01-06-2013 01:28 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 8 comments »

So – hurricane (super storm) Sandy brought down an unreal amount of trees. It’s still a royal mess around here and our area really didn’t get hit that bad considering the damage at the shore. We’ve ramped up our efforts to scavenge and are making some great contacts with area parks, tree services, townships, and other institutions and venues as well as private homes. We’ll be picking up wood where ever and whenever we can obviously looking for the premium hard...

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Part 5: The Maple Monstrosity!

02-22-2013 09:06 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 12 comments »

Well – here we have a maple monstrosity! IDK what this sucker weighs but we had to chip off a few small chunks to lighten it for a Ford 555 to lift it. We split about 1/4 off the main trunk and the cut the front hollow section off. Fortunately we had the help of an excavator w/ a grippy-grabber (technical term) to hoist it off at the mill. This seems to contain burl, curl, and some misc other malformations. We have no idea yet what is inside – we will find out when we cut it op...

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Part 6: Motherload - Osage, Walnut, Cherry!

04-05-2013 12:17 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 10 comments »

So we progress … scavenging away finding lonely and abandoned logs to take to the mill. For those following you’ll see some progression shortly we are picking up walnut, locust, and cedar you previously saw off to the mill. That’s the first real take since the osage and mulberry we picked up from our 2011 scavenging. We will now begin to reap the ROI on the 2012 logs. We will begin cataloging each slab this weekend as we pick them up and place them into inventory. We&#...

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Part 7: Curiously Burl-ee??

04-06-2013 01:59 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 9 comments »

Well – we’re not sure yet, this kinda looks like burl but it may just be some anomalies around cut branches or other disturbances on the trunk. Some mineral stains are apparent, no spalting …. so we’re going to slice and dice a bit and see what we get. If it’s real burl and interesting we have turning stock and maybe some slabs, if not we just get a little further ahead of the firewood stockpile for next season! If you look at the ends, there is some burl or r...

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Part 8: Scavenging some turning blanks!

04-06-2013 02:57 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 6 comments »

Along with scavenging for lumber – we are scavenging for turning blanks. We should probably post a little more on this subject as we are planning to do a ton of turning work this year. Our lathe upgrades are moving along we have the new 3HP 3phase motor and frequency drive, lots of new chucks, the bowl coring rig and hollowing tool cage is on order. We’re designing a new outrigger setup, etc. SO – we’re starting a full force collection of materials to turn! We’...

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Part 9: The First Walnut Slabs are OUT of the Kiln!

04-07-2013 10:58 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 6 comments »

OK – trip to the mill on Saturday yielded a return of six walnut slabs at 16/4 (a full 4”) thick! This harvest was back in early 2012: I’m trying to figure out what this cost, I got the logs on that trailer load from a local tree service along with some other material for $100 (firewood cost) ... Then some trades and such with the milling I’m estimating it cost around $150 to mill it and have it dried. So for about ...

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Part 10: #10 - One of two storage lots

10-19-2013 08:15 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 4 comments »

So … we’ve accumulated wood … this is one woodlot we have tucked away. We have more material being held at a friend’s tree yard (photos / inventory pending) ... Here’s the problem. The mill has been offline for a variety of reasons and the market of course has fallen for logs given the storm gave us all a huge influx of them. That’s great – but NOW WHAT? SO we’re in the debating stages and negotiating for some places to store stacked/stick...

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