I'll try and post some pics in the daylight tomorrow, but I swung through the fine establishment in Hicksville MD today and left with 50bf (approximately) of fine hard maple, and one slighlty lighter wallet. for those who don't know of this mill,it is a working mill run by very devout gentlemen. I'm not sure which sect they are, but If I had to hazard a guess I'd say menonites. They have technology, (forklifts, one HUGE cyclone (20' tall at least, which dumps into a trailer outside the mill) commercial grade milling machines, planers etc...) but they live a simpler life outside of the mill. great wood for a decent dollar. I chose just plain maple, but they have curly maple, cherry and just about any other wood you could ask for. Tell them what you want, they lead you to the huge stacks, and you pick what you need. They measure up at the office and you settle up with them there.
I paid just about $3/bf for my haul today. Up home it would have been $3.50 or $4 or more. I'm not counting transport cost, as I was on a trip anyway, so it wasn't a special trip, though for some of that curly maple I might just make the trip if I ever lived closer to there.