I have an Uncle like this guy. He is overcome with this personality disease that forces him to count other peoples money at every instance. Its just the way he thinks, and I think this guy thinks the same way.
That way of thinking goes something like this..."The last time I went into the BORG, the lumber had some knots and yet people were paying 20 bucks for a board this long and this wide. If they are willing to pay that then I am not giving this log away. This log should have at least 1 boards that wide, and several narrow boards. It should be worth 75 bucks or so."
That is just the way they think. My Uncle tried to sell some used staging at the same price you can buy brand new staging for. He figured that since staging does not deteriorate, or lose its functionality over the years, his used staging was worth just as much as new staging. Obviously he did not sell it.
Getting back to the pine logs, its a sad reality but people just don't understand that logs and lumber are everywhere. The cost is not in growing the logs or even harvesting them...the true cost is in converting the log into lumber, then drying it so it does not crack, warp or twist, then planing the wood into usable lumber. That is where the cost is.
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!"