Bailey and Prize Log

GOLD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
An unpromising tree proves to be a real deal.

SHOP OWNER: Brian Bailey
LOCATION: Warsaw, NY

     I operate a small sawmill and dry kiln operation, plus I use alot of the wood myself in an attempt to make something useful out of it. The following story took place in 1993:
Sawing the Log

     My neighbor down the road stopped by one day and asked me if I would be interested in an ash tree that was dying in his woods. I kind of hemmed and hawed, because we have a lot of small-diameter green ash suffering from ash decline around here. So I asked him how big is this tree? He said, "I can't put my arms around it." At that point, I thought to myself that this might be worth pursuing.
The Board's the Reward

    Well, off to his woods we went. To make a long story short (how I got the logs out of the woods is another story) I ended up with three 8-ft.-long logs. The butt log was about 30 in. in diameter. The next log is the one on the mill in the photos, and I cut the third one (with the crotch) into 2-in. thick flitches with the waney edges left on. Most of the lumber graded FAS--not bad for 30 cents a board foot. Of course, I'm not bragging.

...Brian Bailey

 

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