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Olivewood

Discussion in 'Wood For Sale' started by Burly Man, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Burly Man

    Burly Man Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I acquired a bunch of 130 or so year old olive trees from the foothills of Santa Barbara, CA. They were damaged in a fire and were... brace yourselves... being cut up for firewood! Ahhh! The grove, according to the neighbors, was planted in the late 1890's.

    The longest pieces I was able to save were 4 to 5 feet long, but most had already been cut up shorter 24" to 38". Many of the trees were 24" in diameter at the base and I even had a couple that were 30+ inches. The crotches in many of the trees were truly amazing.

    The Olive has air dried for about 3 or 4 years depending on which pieces (took me a year to cut it all up). I started with 8 pallets of 5/4 material stacked 4 feet high and I am down to about 2 or 3 pallets, and yes, most of the crotches and highly figured stuff is long gone. BUT I still have some nice stuff left!

    Pricing wise... As you may know, Olive has a tendency to check and split as it dries no matter how hard you try to seal it, etc... and I had my fair share of this. I also had crotches that were 24" x 38" without a single crack or split with amazing figure and color. I mention this only to clarify pricing. I've been selling this wood for anywhere form $8 to $90 per board foot depending on the amount of defect, etc. The majority has been sold in large quantities to a handful of locals at wholesale for $25 to $30 per board foot. I would say what I have left will be in the $8 to $30 per board foot range with a few prize boards that I might ask a bit more for.

    Let me know if you are interested and what sizes and quantity you are looking for. I can then pick according to your needs and post photos of individual pieces on a case by case basis. I also have a few turning rounds (3 to 6" thick) and miles of pen blank sized pieces, and a few other random sized blanks.

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    Mike1950 Founding Member Founding Member Full Member

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    I see some thicker pieces- what do you have in 6 and 8/4
     
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    Price of your most figured pieces
     
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    I would be interested in a figured bowl blanks 6x6x2 1/2 " plus of the olive or slab where I could cut 2-3 blanks from.

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    I would be interested in a large bowl blank. Something in the 12x12x8 range
     
  6. Burly Man

    Burly Man Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Hi Mike, I just pulled all the thick stock that I have, and I have about 30 pieces or so. They are sort of random shapes and sizes because when I was milling, I pretty much went for 5/4 thinking that it would be the most desired thickness.
    Anyhow, to possibly avoid having to list everything... might you have any more specifics or are you just looking for a nice piece and deciding later what you might want it for (that's what I do!). In the meantime, I'll start photographing and listing some of these.
     
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    Frank, I think I can come close to that size... I'll be back with pics
     
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    Rodney, no problem for your requested sizes
     
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    Justin, I'll pull some with crotches and what not... but prices wise that would be top of the range at $30 or so. Pics coming
     
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    Take a picture of the pile and put something on it for size. about how much is weight and how much for pile.
     
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    Joel,
    I would be interested in some nice grained 3 1/2 wide by inch thick - could be short boards but just not plain or with bug holes. I will try some small bowls. Thanks Jim
     
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    sorry everyone... its taking me awhile to get all these pics together! I should have them for you all in an hour or so.

    In the meantime here's some eye candy so you can see what this stuff looks like in an end product. All these photos are of my wood from the same trees that a local guy makes into serving trays and cutting boards:

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    I love the smell. we used to have a person here that supplied us with olive from Ca. have not seen Dean in quite a while.
     
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    yes Mike, it was a pleasure milling it up... although sometimes after a whole day of sawing it started to be too much of a good thing:)

    I'm uploading pics now
     
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    ok Mike, I didn't get the best photos, but at least this will give you a glimpse of some of the thicker stock and we can go from there. I would guess all together it weighs about 400 to 500 lbs. As I eluded to earlier, some of the thick stock is sort of organic shapes with some portions either unusable for "normal" projects or slated for very "artistic" projects or hybrid work... but there are a handful of well dimensoned ones too:

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    a few more:

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    Rodney check out some of the pics I just posted of thick stock... OLV.1 might work well for cutting out your bowl blanks...
     
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    How much for 1,3,4 and 5. And approx weight. And 6
     
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    @Burly Man i would be interested in a couple bowl blanks as well 12x12x4 and if you have anything that could make peppermill blanks 3”sq x8” or longer?
     
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