Often times people contact me to ask how they can get their logs milled up, and if they have to transport them to me, or if I can bring the mill to them.
Sometimes people call wondering if their logs are worth anything, or if I cut small logs, or ones which are behind a shed…. their lot is small, but they really hate to see the wood go to waste….
All of the above is possible, but it depends. If the situation is right, and it usually is, then it is perfect for the mill to travel to you. As lightweight, versatile mill like I have is perfect to fit into a tight lot in town, or a damp field, yet it can handle most of the logs I encounter.
Occasionally, the logs are difficult to reach or were cut in a place with no access. Because of my logging background it is usually an easy matter to rig some cables and chains to twitch these logs into a spot where they can be milled.
I always try to make a site visit prior to accepting a job. This way I can see for myself what the situation is, and advise the owner how best to proceed. It also gives me a chance to scale the wood and determine just what the pricing might work out to and provide a rough estimate of the costs.
Obviously, simple straightforward jobs cost less and more complicated jobs more, but I have yet to take a job that didn’t yield results far less expensive than buying the wood from a lumberyard or specialty hardwood store. All at the benefit of saving timber which otherwise would have gone to waste or been burnt up as firewood. With custom milled lumber from your logs you can have the best of both worlds…. lumber, sawdust for the garden/compost pile, and slabwood–the outer barky portion of the logs–to burn.
Quite often the wood I mill is something you can’t buy, or if you were to try to, no normal person could afford…… Crotch flitches, wide quartersawn clear oak, curly maple countertop pieces, thick, wide mantles, Spalted art pieces…. The list goes on, and every time I crack into a log with the saw I am amazed at the treasures which lay within.
Contact me for more information, and an estimate of when I can bring my mill to you!
I can’t recommend the Forestry Forum highly enough for all things wood…… I have been referring customers to the toolbox lately so they can use the calculators for figuring out tree, log and lumber volumes.
So if you need to figure out how many trees, logs or boards make a 1000 board feet head on over to The Forestry Forum Tool Box
Any time a tree comes down in a storm, or because it is dying, or needs to be removed from a property, it is a crying shame to see it head to a landfill. This short video is exactly what I am trying to get going in my local area!
When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.
The first snow of the season has come and past. The heavy, wet snow combined with high winds left anywhere between 8 inches and 2 feet in the area and a lot of downed trees, limbs and power lines.
It’s been almost a week since the storm hit and there are still tree trimming crews trying to tackle the immense amount of wood pruned by Mother Nature. A great deal of this wood is chipped or cut up for firewood. Another deal of it is left to rot by the side of the road, cut free from the right-away and left to return to the soil.
There is also a fair quantity of wood which is thrown away. Cut and hauled to the town refuse pit or dumped by the truckload somewhere out of the way, left to disintegrate.
Granted, a fair quantity of this wood is debris. Rotten, shattered, useless–except perhaps for firewood. But still more is perfect in all regards except that no one values it. No one, perhaps, but me……
In the days following the storm, as the roads began to be opened, I made a tour around and visited with several people with whole trees down in their yards. Many didn’t want the wood and were happy to have it removed–for free. So I leaped into action and gathered some of these fine logs. Still others didn’t have any idea that they could turn their downed trees–often nice oak, ash or maple–into valuable lumber for their or a friend’s use.
It take a half-century for a tree to achieve any size to be of minimal use for lumber. Many are 70 years old by the time they can be harvested at a moderate size. All that time, sunlight and nutrients, dumped in a pit? It doesn’t make sense. And then we go cut some more down to be sold at the big-box stores where you can’t even find what you need or even any sort of quality.
So, my plea is let’s not waste this resource but Treecycle it. If you or someone you knows has wood down, find a sawyer–like me–who can advise you how best to salvage this commodity.