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Old 02-03-2012, 02:53 PM   #6091
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You should attach that tag to a small limb and send it back out into the gulf. Or better yet, stick it in a bottle.

Have you ever run into any of those huge logs on your way to Boat Harbour Keith?

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Have you ever run into any of those huge logs on your way to Boat Harbour Keith?
If you mean logs like this one...all the time. Which is why you need to be able to see the water in front of you when you go across.

This area is probably one of the highest for concentrations of log booms, and that inevitably leads to logs on the loose.

Right now, looking over at the beach at the south end of DeCourcey - perhaps a little over 1 mile away - there must be well over 100 logs up on the rocks.
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.........and the end-cuts would make good firewood!

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Not ice Jim, just wet from having been in the water. Although about 10 days ago we had ice floes in the bay here and it was surface ice over at Boat Harbour.

That particular tree is from a second growth forest, only about 70 years old, and about 17" at the butt. Very typical hemlock from this area.

Some of the old growth hemlock up in the rain forests further north have grown to massive proportions, similar to old cedars. Ten, twelve, fifteen feet through...amazing trees.

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Thanks for the pictures Keith, I appreciate them.
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What's a log like that one in the picture worth as just the log, as is?
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What's a log like that one in the picture worth as just the log, as is?
About $50 a cubic meter. Which means you need a log scale to estimate it quickly. I would say perhaps $15 for that log. Hemlock isn't worth much, especially when it is as small as that one.
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About $50 a cubic meter. Which means you need a log scale to estimate it quickly. I would say perhaps $15 for that log. Hemlock isn't worth much, especially when it is as small as that one.
Wow, I would have guessed a lot more. The folks cutting and getting them out has to do some moving to make anything at that rate.
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Wow, I would have guessed a lot more. The folks cutting and getting them out has to do some moving to make anything at that rate.
Sorry for delay in replying Jim. Our internet has been all but inoperable for the past several hours.

You have to bear in mind that the wholesale price of framing lumber here is in the vicinity of $240 - $250 a thousand. Retail it jumps to around $700. So all the money is made by the retailers and the truckers.

Logs like that hemlock are cut by an automated machine. It crawls up the tree, removes all the branches, tops the tree, crawls back down again and cuts the tree off. Much faster than using fallers, safer too.
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After a month of daily reading i finaly "finished" reading this thread. This has been the most interesting, informative and inspiring "book" i have ever read. I've already learned so much from this thread. From roxul, woodworking to little tips like the end of the measuring tape that i feel like i owe you. Thank you so much for this documenting and sharing this wonderful adventure of yours. I'll be sure to keep following along and when i get around to it I will send you a pm as i have a bunch of things i want to pick your brain about. Thank you again and keep up the good work and the beautiful photos of which more than one made it to my desktop background.

p.s. special thanks to bud cline for all the great info contributed to this thread.
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After a month of daily reading i finaly "finished" reading this thread. This has been the most interesting, informative and inspiring "book" i have ever read. I've already learned so much from this thread. From roxul, woodworking to little tips like the end of the measuring tape that i feel like i owe you. Thank you so much for this documenting and sharing this wonderful adventure of yours. I'll be sure to keep following along and when i get around to it I will send you a pm as i have a bunch of things i want to pick your brain about. Thank you again and keep up the good work and the beautiful photos of which more than one made it to my desktop background.

p.s. special thanks to bud cline for all the great info contributed to this thread.
Fallrisk...two things...first welcome to the thread, and second, thank you for honoring me with your first post.

Certainly glad that you enjoyed some of the photos, no doubt there will be a few more.

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While im still online let me ask you a few questions. Can you give me some advice on what books a grasshopper like myself should get to learn some of your skills? I remember you mentioning a couple through the pages. Maybe something on general woodworking, tools and wood to start with? Im eager to learn some new skills and I dont have a master of the craft like yourself around to teach me but Im sure you have a few favorite titles you can recommend. Just today I subscribed to fine homebuilding mag but if you have a few other suggestions on mags I would love to hear those also.

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While im still online let me ask you a few questions. Can you give me some advice on what books a grasshopper like myself should get to learn some of your skills? I remember you mentioning a couple through the pages. Maybe something on general woodworking, tools and wood to start with? Im eager to learn some new skills and I dont have a master of the craft around to teach me but Im syou have a few favorite titles you can recommend. Just today I subscribed to fine homebuilding mag but if you have a few other suggestions on mags I would love to hear those also.
Taunton Press, the publisher of Fine Homebuilding, publishes a number of other titles, Fine Woodworking among them. It sort of depends on what it is you want to learn.

I'll go through some of my library tomorrow, time permitting, and let you know what I think are some of the best books.

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Hi Keith! I am extremely pleased to meet you and so glad I found you thread as I am doing a kitchen remodel, with t/c tiles, a slab wood island, and mosaic countertops. I will also take on the daunting task of building the cabinets... myself but first, the island.....
I am new to building things so as you can imagine, your work is enough to astound a newbie like me! My favorite thing ive seen in your house so far is the solarium, but i'm only on page 150 or so...I love the nature pics too. When the right sunset appears to me, I will put it to canvas, so keep those comin!!
Anyways, i would love and appreciate it if you would tell me what to do with this slab once i've got it...It will be planed and lightly sanded. What should I seal it with? I may also want to finesse the live edges..what tool would help me with that? And lastly, what sander would you recommend i buy..i dont have one yet.
I will post pics of my kitchen project as i go, since I know by page 150, you like looking at other peoples ..projects
thanks for whatever advice you can give, and i'll look forward to picking your brain in the future. Stay alive my friend, talent like yours dosen't come into this world too often ..no more heartattacks!
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Hi Keith! I am extremely pleased to meet you and so glad I found you thread as I am doing a kitchen remodel, with t/c tiles, a slab wood island, and mosaic countertops. I will also take on the daunting task of building the cabinets... myself but first, the island.....
I am new to building things so as you can imagine, your work is enough to astound a newbie like me! My favorite thing ive seen in your house so far is the solarium, but i'm only on page 150 or so...I love the nature pics too. When the right sunset appears to me, I will put it to canvas, so keep those comin!!
Anyways, i would love and appreciate it if you would tell me what to do with this slab once i've got it...It will be planed and lightly sanded. What should I seal it with? I may also want to finesse the live edges..what tool would help me with that? And lastly, what sander would you recommend i buy..i dont have one yet.
I will post pics of my kitchen project as i go, since I know by page 150, you like looking at other peoples ..projects
thanks for whatever advice you can give, and i'll look forward to picking your brain in the future. Stay alive my friend, talent like yours dosen't come into this world too often ..no more heartattacks!
Wow! You sure do know how to make a guy's day!

Do you realize that this makes two days in a row that someone has been kind enough to honor me with their first post? I am truly humbled, thank you.

Any chance of a photo of your slab? Type of wood? Dimensions? Anything else you can tell us about it?

Without knowing much yet, there are two kinds of sanders you will likely need. A good random orbital is just about indispensable for large projects, and a smaller pad type sander is good for smaller stuff. There's several more kinds, but you have to start somewhere.

My thanks again leiona and a big welcome to the thread.
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I'm not sure what kind of wood it is yet, I'm gonna go choose it today! i will post a pic later, if i can get it home...no truck! I wish i would have asked you what kind of wood would be good for kitchen use...oh well hopefully the guy selling the slabs will have some advice. More later!

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