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Thought I would share a recent find of mine. I was lucky enough to come by a guy selling some recently harvested American Chestnut- milled about 1.5 years ago. I was skeptical but he had a pretty convincing story so I went to check it out. I'm no expert on American chestnut but I did a lot of research before looking at the wood- after all it was 2 hours away. I bought two pieces off him and took them to the local college to have them checked out by a professor that had some samples to compare it to. He called me back two days later to confirm that it was American chestnut. There are still a few trees growing up here in northern michigan out of the natural range of the chestnut, this allowed a few to escape the blight that killed so many. This tree was growing for 100 years before being taken out by a bad wind storm, luckily the owner of the land decided to have the tree milled. I now have a very beautiful sight when I walk into my garage…
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Wow, great find. Can't wait to see what you make with it.
 

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Awesome find, Erik! I have a few tiny pieces of Am. Chestnut in the shop, but it's too rare to use. Looks like you scored enough to actually build an heirloom piece! Congrats!!!
 

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There is a shop door somewhere in there and another 300bf on the trailer. Life is good. I'm selling some if this stuff off to balance my bill so if anyone is interested just send me a PM. I'm located near traverse city, MI.
 

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Genuine American chestnut without worm holes is a rare find. Congrats Erik on a tremendous score.
 

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I had a very small amount of chestnut a few years back and used it to make fireplace bellows. I found that it burned easily while machining. Pretty wood though.
 

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I am purchasing some tomorrow from whom I presume is the same source as you got yours. Apparently someone with deep pockets purchased over 80% of it.

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Nice- if you're going to big rapids to pick it up I would have to assume it's the same guy.
 
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