New lumber source


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Through the MInnesota Wood workers guild I heard about a new lumber source that is just now opening.  I stopped up today, got a tour and heard about his plans.  Sean Kaysen is the owner.  Right now he has mostly slabs on display but has plans to offer rough saw and dimensioned mostly domestic hardwoods once things get moving.  He is also setting up a custom furniture shop.  He mills and dries is own lumber. 

 

North Wind Lumber

1505 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

Open 7 days a week

 

 

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On 8/6/2022 at 7:53 PM, pkinneb said:

oh and no offense to anyone on the forum but I really wish this slab phase would pass so that we could all go back to rough sawn lumber :)

I too am not a big fan of slabs but  I’m not so sure that slabs are an influence on the availability of rough sawn lumber. One of my suppliers, the closest and most expensive, has ramped up his supply of slabs. Based on the asking price, I would say his inventory of slabs is probably 5% of his stock and it’s a sizable place. 2-3 years ago I would see 8-10 slabs in one of his warehouses. Now he probably has 50-60. Based on the asking price of the slabs, it’s obviously a profitable niche for them. However, based on the size and configuration of the slabs, I doubt that too many bf of usable lumber could be obtained from them. 

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Ronn, do you know who does all his sawing? There is a guy in Cambridge that has a sawmill...just to produce lumber for woodworkers. He does mostly slabs, but I think he'll saw lumber for individuals, too.

I've been lucky, I've used a guy in Isanti for the last 4 years, and he cuts the lumber exactly how I want it. I'm pretty sure I have a lifetime supply of walnut, white oak, and red oak stickered, stacked, and drying. Well...dry.

But, I still want to cut up one more big white oak off of Dad's farm. Just in case...lol

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On 8/6/2022 at 10:54 PM, roughsawn said:

Ronn, do you know who does all his sawing? There is a guy in Cambridge that has a sawmill...just to produce lumber for woodworkers. He does mostly slabs, but I think he'll saw lumber for individuals, too.

He told me that he sources, saws, dries and mills his own lumber.  I did not get any more detail than that.

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On 8/6/2022 at 5:53 PM, pkinneb said:

..oh and no offense to anyone on the forum but I really wish this slab phase would pass so that we could all go back to rough sawn lumber 

Yes Please.

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I saw his postings on craig's list and was tempted to swing by. I just don't need any lumber at the moment.

For me price and quality are important. Sawing and drying the material himself gives me some pause until it's been proven he knows what he's doing.

Renneberg in St Cloud does a lot of their own sawing and drying (for local species), i love that their walnut isn't steamed. I buy from them because i can buy wholesale and get wholesale prices, they are not for the average woodworker that wants to pick boards or look at a pile.

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On 8/7/2022 at 8:46 PM, roughsawn said:

He must have a bandsaw mill set up someplace else. Then hauls lumber to his store.

He is in and old factory that made millwork for years and years.  Doesn't really look like a store but then he has only just started improving the space.

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