Old growth redwood for trade/swap in Northen California (Mill Valley)

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07-24-2012 05:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: free redwood old growth trade swap mill valley ca california mill milling

Hey all,

Just signed up on here and it looks like a great forum.

Unfortunately, I have as close to zero wood skills as a person can get.

However, I do have a whole bunch of large logs from a monster redwood my wife had cut down a few years back at her property in Mill Valley, CA but never did anything with the wood. I’ve been told that they are 100 to 115 year old second growth logs. 8 to 12 foot long. Wood from 800-1000 year old, old growth redwood tree.

Her father passed away about 4 years ago, and left her a little cabin in the woods. It’s a beautiful little property, but it had this enormous 200 foot tall tree looking like it was going to fall, so she had it taken down. But now we have all this beautiful wood and no skills to utilize it.

Because this property was her fathers and is where she and him used to spend their summers together all through her childhood, it is a very special place to her. So I wanted to somehow find a way to give her a memory of the place.

I would happily give away the wood to one of you talented folk, in exchange for a bit of furniture or something similar made from the tree in return. I don’t know if this is a good deal, but we were told that the logs we have would be worth tens of thousands of dollars. However, we don’t have the money to mill it or anything like that, so this is my offer.

I hope someone is interested in this, or if not, could point me in the right direction as to what to do with these beautiful logs.

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 07-24-2012 06:27 PM

Tim … first off welcome to LJ’s … i might humbly request that you put up your point of origin in the headline. Im assuming youre on the west coast, you may want to contact Greg from Oregon Burls. Hes got the gear to cut stuff like that and from the interactions here, a good guy to boot. Somethings screwy with my computer but if you search oregonburls here im sure his name will pop up .. hes a member.

Good Luck!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 06:32 PM

Thanks Chris!

Headline amended. I’m in Northern California, just outside of San Francisco. I fear that Oregon might be too much of a distance away though.

Thanks so much for the advice though. Hopefully there is other out there who will be interested in this as well.

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 06:48 PM

Im sure your will find a sawyer for your redwood. You never know, theres a lot of people that would really really enjoy a slice of that lumber. I was watching a chainsaw carving show on the history channel or something and they were carving old growth redwood, apparently its well revered in that type of work. If i remember correctly the piece sold for 150k.

Some other ways to find sawyers is You can input your zipcode and select sawyer from the list of options.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 06:59 PM

Here’s Greg’s home page …. ... id send him a message. If hes not interested he may know of some guys your way.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 07:23 PM

Hi Tim, and first of all welcome to LumberJocks. Great source here!
If you would like to give me a call I would be glad to talk to you about it.
[email protected]

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 07:44 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks Redwood.

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 07:50 PM

I know there are a couple of people with small or portable mills out in West Marin, when I lived in Lagunitas there was a guy who was by the general store there regularly when I walked down for coffee.

I’m up in Petaluma, and if I had the equipment to mill this I’d jump on a “take my wood, give me some furniture” chance, but I lack both that and the place to store the lumber while it dries (I think the ballpark for air drying is a year per inch).

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#8 posted 07-30-2012 10:51 PM

If you head up US 1 to Dogtown just before the Bolinas turnoff, there’s a sawyer Robert Buckenmeyer, who cuts urban timbers.
I’ve seen Robert mill 4’ wide, 4” thick slabs more than 12’ long.
He’s also a very talented artist and woodworker.

-- Gary, Florida

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#9 posted 09-17-2014 06:25 PM


did you ever do anything with your logs?

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