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Forum topic by d_sinsley posted 09-17-2019 11:41 PM 436 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2019 11:41 PM

I know its not everyone’s cup of tea but I like spalted/blued wood. I just like unique stuff. My brother-in-law had a dying Ponderosa Pine thanks to beetles. It was pretty much totally dead. He asked me if I wanted it. Sure. I got it milled yesterday for the price of three slabs. Now I have a stack of beautiful blued pine that in a few months of drying will be so much fun to play with. I made three 1” boards out of the skinny end, most is 2” that I can resaw later if I need too, and a few pieces are 3” to 4” thick for some who knows what: benches, mantels, whatever. Gonna be hard to wait for this stuff to dry.

-- Devon

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#1 posted 09-18-2019 12:06 AM

I think it’s interesting. I like unique wood, regardless of how unconventional it might be.

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#2 posted 09-18-2019 12:10 AM

I like the stuff a lot of folks call defects. I don’t want to argue, but I don’t think Ma Nature makes mistakes.

Beautiful wood, nice score.

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#3 posted 09-18-2019 02:36 AM

That is some beautiful lumber. Mel

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#4 posted 09-18-2019 02:53 AM

Awesome score! Looking forward to seeing pics of whatever you decide to do with it.

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#5 posted 09-18-2019 03:23 AM

Awesome score! Looking forward to seeing pics of whatever you decide to do with it.

- Ripper70

Well that’s the hard part isn’t it, what to make with it? As a gift, or as a condolence to my brother-in-law and sister for having to deal with severe beetle kill at their place, I will make them a couple of benches from the opening cutoffs that you see on the top of the pile. After that who knows what will be made. There is tons of potential. A neat fire place mantel and surround would be fun, but I don’t have a fire place to surround. Maybe a money maker? I don’t really know yet. But you all will be included.

-- Devon

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#6 posted 09-18-2019 03:46 AM

I’ve been wondering what people use them Rams for?

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#7 posted 09-18-2019 04:17 AM

I’d use it for something like this!

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#8 posted 09-18-2019 04:18 AM

For knotty/rustic lumber, blue stained pine is cool looking. Nice score.

Suggest you keep that air dried bug infested wood away from your kiln dried lumber. Heavy bark beetle infestation will often invite other bugs, like powder post beetles.

Have a lot of blue stained juniper/pine available from mountains north of Phoenix. Every sawyer I visit, keeps his beetle kill pine in separate storage lot, or has solar kiln to ensure all bugs are killed.

PS – It is also illegal to transport non-kiln dried (fire)wood in some areas due invasive pests. Federal and State government has a ton of information available, such as;
You are a careful person, am sure you didn’t break any laws moving it from forest to your home. :-)
Better to have knowledge to be safe, not sorry.
My apologizes in advance if you already know all about wood quarantine issues due invasive insect species, and reason for kiln dried lumber.


-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#9 posted 09-18-2019 01:21 PM

Thats actually very interesting information. I had never heard of such a thing. After reading through it I am sure I have kept it not only legal but ethical. The wood was cut, milled, and being stored within 20 miles of where it was growing. Unfortunately for our forests, it hasn’t gone anywhere that there is not already a severe problem. I wish that were not true but beetle kill is a huge reality in our woods. Most all of our pine stands show signs of it. That’s why blued pine is not at all rare here, its actually too common. But this is great info to keep in mind.

-- Devon

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