The Great Walnut Aquisition

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Blog entry by JoshOne posted 03-20-2011 06:38 AM 4495 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I browse the Bloomington craigslist’s Materials section, from time to time. A few weeks ago, I saw a post adverstising “Lumber,” and that’s about it. The ad was very vague, and said that they had a large amount of lumber, mostly walnut, some maple, and they needed it gone. The price was steep, $400, and I was very skeptical. But I called anyway, and went over to take a look the following day. Driving over, I was all set to haggle and complain and look unimpressed. “There’s no way that’s worth $400,” I would say.

I arrived to find an absolutely ancient man, (to the tune of 97,) who, after a very awkward initial exchange in which he asked who I was and what it was I wanted, instructed me to meet him by the garage door. When he opened it up, I realized that, no, there was no way it was worth 400. Closer to 2000 would be more like it.

The garage was packed, and I mean to the hilt, with 8/4 – 12/4 natural edge walnut lumber slabs and hundreds upon hundreds of board feet of 4/4 walnut boards. Seems he had a walnut tree on his property that came down in a storm 12 years ago (when he was but 85) and being a life-long woodworker, could not in good conscience let it go to waste, so he had it milled down, but it just ended up sitting there drying for 12 years. In addition to all the walnut, there was a huge ton of maple of various widths, thicknesses, and lengths, and other assorted hardwoods.

His friend helped me load it into a pickup truck and we drove back to my place, twice. It took two pickup loads to get the entire load to my house, and then 3 days to sort and organize it. I sorted out all the 1/4 inch stuff and sold that on craigslist to a couple who were paneling their cabin.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 07:55 AM

I am torn between congratulating you and wishing you well with your great acquisition, and on the other hand uttering a four letter aria that would make a sailor blush… I am honestly happy for you on that score, it really is a great score, and wonderful that the gentleman that sold it to you made sure it went to a good home, but I must admit to a certain amount of serious jealousy… I love working with walnut, and I can get $1 bd/ft deals on oak and pecan all day long, but I never see walnut cheap…

Of course if you want to make sure a little bit of that goes to good use feel free to ship me some! :-)

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 08:52 AM

Wow…some people have all the luck.

-- Vince

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 11:28 AM

If you ever happen to be coming to Winnipeg, let me know. I’ll help you clear a bit more room in your storage area. (drool)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 03:57 PM

Sweet!!! What is on the project list?

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 04:10 PM

dbhost, you summed up my reaction exactly. JoshOne: congratulations…you bastard!! :)

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 03-20-2011 06:06 PM

Nice score…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 06:10 PM

Agreed: I can be happy for you AND hate your guts at the same time.

It’s a gift.

In standard woodworker lingo … YOU SUCK !!!

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 03-20-2011 06:16 PM

Ya, a little envy is good for the soul, I think. ;-).

That’s a great score. I think I’ll start looking in my CL for wood as well.

Who knows WHAT I might find, eh db?

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#9 posted 03-20-2011 06:22 PM

Oh wow I wish I was in your shoes, everybody charges an arm and a leg here for lumber.


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#10 posted 03-21-2011 04:49 PM

Man o Man. That is a gloat!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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