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I am helping a friend sell a barn full of redwood. His dad put this lumber in the building 35 years ago. We are in the process of relocating it. The wood is dark and dirty but within the stack is in very good condition. There is over 10000 board feet of this lumber. My questions to this endeavor is should I clean and plane the wood before selling it or leave it in barn-fresh condition? We don't know the value and would like to be educated before this is scooped up by some company for resale. The best I can speculate is it is heart with knots in it. There are 2×4's,2×6's,2×8's,2×10's,2×12's,and facia . We are moving it to a safe location because of vandal activity on another part of his property. This wood is beautiful. Any ideas about selling it? Any ideas about barn kept wood? All comments would be appreciated Go to view all to see pictures. Can someone interpret the stamps for me?here is a link to photos of the wood

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Weathered wood is always expensive and hard to find. Planing it might drasticaly reduce its value. Many people will pay top dollar for old barnwood. By all means barn fresh condition is my suggestion if you want the highest profit.
 

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It is absolutely worthless. However, I will accept delivery of the lumber to help you out.

Typically softwoods sell for $1 per b.f. in my area. Redwood is an excellent outdoor wood, so it may fetch more. If the wood is dirty or warped, it may not bring anywhere near retail.
Rough lumber is cheaper, dimensional lumber is more expensive.
 

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This is all dimensional and needs to be cleaned.
Some is pristeen and needs no cleaning. We just
Uncovered some 1x material that is furniture grade. It is
Some of the most beautiful wood I have ever seen. I appreciate
The offer to take delivery of it but my wife would hang me out to dry.
 

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That could be a sawyer's mark, but redwood is a very specific and localized species, as I'm sure most here know.

I find it highly unlikely that someone had this much redwood shipped across country to Nova Scotia, (new Scotland) in eastern Canada for milling, then to Alabama for a half century of storage. Perhaps this was bootlegged decades ago and been held incognito?

It's got to be cedar. Eastern red cedar. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniperus_virginiana
 

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Nova Scotia must be a trade name. I don't think it's eastern red cedar. If it is, I'd sure like to see those clear 2×12's. How about some pictures Oneway.
 

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This is really strange. Eastern red cedar doesn't even grow in Nova Scotia. And real redwoods don't grow anywhere near there. I'm from that part of the world (live in neighbouring New Brunswick) and can't think of any kind of wood that this could be.
 

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Any changes you make to the wood cannot be undone; I suggest leaving it as-is and trying to sell it as such. If a serious buyer comes by with money in hand, then by all means plane a piece for their display (if they want you to). Redwood is not near as available as fir, pine, or other such typical soft woods and is much prettier; therefore is worth more money. I'd look for $2-3 a bf for a typical sale, maybe less for someone wanting the entire stack.
 

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I agree. Thanks for your comment. I have 2 more
Days of relocating the wood. It appears to be between
15000 bdft and 20000. Haven't got it all counted. We
Are putting some pictures of the wood as well as pictures
Of the stamps we found on it. We are hoping to get
Some information on the wood then. This site has
A lot of people who are very knowledgable.
 
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