Where have all the Sawmills Gone?milling
Posted 10 February 2012 - 07:45 AM
Maybe I just don't know how to look. I search lumber mill and sawmill and am just not finding any good leads close by.
The question is this:
Is there a good online source for finding lumber mills and hardwood supply houses?
Does anyone happen to know a good one in my vicinity (SW Missouri, NE Oklahoma, SE Kansas, NW Arkansas)?
Thanks for any help I can get...
Posted 10 February 2012 - 07:56 AM
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:22 AM
Maybe the local woodworkers guilds would be good to ask...
Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:00 AM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:58 AM
- JayWC, John Fitz and Dozer's Workshop like this
Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:21 PM
you might have to look farther afield and have them ship it to you.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:57 PM
Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:21 AM
Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:40 AM
Oh wait, I'm confusing it with "where have all the cowboys gone"
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:50 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 05:55 AM
And the skies are gray...[and the skies are gray]
California Dreaming....[Cal-i-fornia Dreamin']
Same type of pictures here Dozier. In the coastal SC part of the world, everything is fuel and paper. International paper uses pine trees for fuel (chips) and making paper. Santee Cooper and other plants use chips for firing boilers. Result is a lot of land is used to grow a 'super pine' that's basically planted and harvested in 15 years. Occasionally, someone cuts some old timber from family land and you'll see a truck carrying it to a mill but it's getting more rare. If the rest of the country is anything like SC, we could be in for a shortage of the basics in a few years - maples, oaks, walnut, and even yellow pine. I can't speak for you guys in other places like Pennsylvania or Oregon who have different woods and maybe more mature forests; but I am concerned. I've often thought if I had the acreage, plant hardwoods with the idea harvesting in x# of years. Unfortunately, no one looks that far ahead or if you do, you don't have the financial soundness to tie up 50 acres for 30 years. Here, those who have the land just plant them in pines or they plant a "U-Pickem" peach orchard or strawberry field and make a little money through the years. Thanks for the help on sources though. I've marked each one of them and if anyone reading has others, please share.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:47 AM
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:24 AM
50 acres of straight, tall, straight Walnut trees and Maple trees about 48" at the butt. Ohhhh mama....
tim that reminds me back in the day a old wood worker i know that the custom was to plant walnut trees on the land and then harvest them when they retire to use as a bonus. maybe we should start a group to grow seedling and plant them randomly so that in 50 years if not us then someone can havest them. like johny apple seed......would like to see more the of the huge apple trees not just the dwarfs.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:57 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:01 AM
I knew a guy that as each of his children were born, he planted 10 acres of trees. He lost about 10% along the way. As each child got married, he harvested the trees and gave them the money as a wedding present. He averaged about $10,000 per child. Can't remember what kind of trees though.
SO saying people get married around the early twenties....what kinds of hardwoods would be grown up enough in that time span to use? I hear that COttonwood can grow up to 8' a year...but how is it for woodworking?
Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:18 AM
SO saying people get married around the early twenties....what kinds of hardwoods would be grown up enough in that time span to use?
Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:06 PM
But, as far as stinky Chinese trees go, I'll take an Ailanthus over a Ginko any day. The male Ginko is OK, but around here the females are called vomit-berry trees. When those things are dropping fruit you don't want to be anywhere near them.