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    What did you do today in the Northeast?

    I gotta say, you guys that live up in the tundra and Canada, and those cold places like Minnesota, how do you do it?
    It was 12 degrees this morning, with a wind chill below zero, I walked out into the garage to hopefully attempt work, impossible. It felt like 50 below out there.

    I hated to waste a day.

    I spent the last 4 hours picking through, schlepping a ton of lumber from the boat restorers warehouse to my driveway. Unfortunately, I ran out of steam, have to take a breather, and go unload it all.
    It is a great load. I purchased beautiful mahogany, almost 8/4 thick, really nice hondurian, about 40-50 bf of 8/4 or more clear pine, 100 bf of maple, another 100 bf of birch, something I never touched before. He had no cherry left, and walnut is something he only puchases for orders.(he gave me a 3 inch wide piece around 30 inches long that was laying around. hard to bellieve he would toss that)
    I tried to squeeze some alder out of him. He had some gorgeous 18 inch wide boards, but he needed them for doors, and I couldnt even pursuade him to part with the narrower alder.(Another species I never worked with)
    He had some beech, but I passed this time.
    He threwin alot of excess,(cause it seems I got a ton more than I paid him for) making up for the knots and splits in some of the birch, but at 2 bucks a board foot for that and the maple, I was ok with his stuff.
    Ill shoot some shots once I get it sorted and unloaded. It was a good purchase for me, now I can start planning out the six dining chairs I need to put together with the table I made.(on another note, I saw why Im such an amateur. He had this beautiful wall unit he made for a friend of his in the shop, not finished, but its clear to see the difference between his work and my work, like 20 lightyears apart, and he made like oh, I wont get paid for that..its for my friend. And Im thinking to myself, what?, that custom built 25 foot 8 foot high unit is a favor? Ya gotta love the real pros, god bless all you guys with so much talent)

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    and ofcourse, some mystery woods, the last picture, I know its mahogany underneath, but I got a few pieces of this dark brown stuff.(Im too old to be loading and unloading this stuff)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails wood stuff 623 (Medium).jpg   wood stuff 624 (Medium).jpg   wood stuff 625 (Medium).jpg   wood stuff 626 (Medium).jpg   wood stuff 627 (Medium).jpg  


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    Wow Allen, you make me jealous with those wood prices. I think the last maple I bought was north of $10 per board foot. Sounds like your new boat restorer buddy is a good friend indeed.
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    I wish I could lay my hands on mahogany for that price!
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    Im not sure if I was clear, but the mahogany was the same 5 bucks bf as before, but this time I purchased alot of 8/4 and just about 12/4 and I was charged the same. That is huge for me cause I cant touch 8/4 or 12/4 locally for double that price.
    I paid more for the clear pine, 2.50 bf, then the maple, ash and birch.(I wanted more pine, 4/4, but he didnt have any left, so he offered the ash for 2/bf.which was another great deal)
    Im also quite sure the maple is alot of soft maple(not a big deal for me), not all of it was very white, some had some color, pinkish/grey almost.
    All in all, I gotta take it while its offered.
    He had used the pine and showed me a table he made for a client, he bleached it, and it was stunning.(I cant figure out why Id never turn out anything like that) I wish I had my camera, although I dont know if he would have allowed me to show his work.
    Last edited by allen levine; 03-04-2009 at 03:17 AM.

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    Well to answer your question...dealing with snow. As I predicted, winters come in pairs so since last year had the most snow on record (197˝ inches) this year cannot be far behind. In one week we got a storm that dumped 28 inches of snow on us, then less than 7 days later came another foot.

    My sheep fence top wire is at 42 inches...between settling and some rain, the snow pack has hoovered around that mark since January. They are predicting March will bring us 101 inches of snow and yes they are forecasting more this week.

    The rest of my time is spent trying to tell the unemployment people I am actually trying to find employment. No joking...I spend about 50% of my time being on the phone, doing paperwork, and emailing them explaining that I am actually trying to find a job. If they just left me alone, I would have probably already found one by now.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    I hope things improve for you.

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    Hey Allen, on your last pic, the bottom board? What are you hiding on us Sure looks like a nice piece of curlie maple hiding down there Pull that one out and give us another shot of that one Nice score overall

    Tom

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    its all put away, but there were a few boards like that, that was a cut off of the 10 footers, he had to cut them down to 8 feet for me to be able to haul.
    I saw those waves and kinda liked it.
    When I move some wood around again, Ill look for some of those long boards with the waves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Wow Allen, you make me jealous with those wood prices. I think the last maple I bought was north of $10 per board foot. Sounds like your new boat restorer buddy is a good friend indeed.
    I'll make you more jealous, Vaughn. "My" sawmill in West Tennessee charged us $2.00 a foot for the last load of maple we brought home!! And he gave me a load of 2-foot cutoffs of walnut, cherry, maple, and some others and didn't charge me for them. I love my lumber guy.
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