Frequently Asked Questions

On average for most orders 1 week, some more custom orders can take longer

The wood will not dry in log form; it has to be cut up into lumber. The rule of thumb for naturally air-drying lumber is 1 year per inch thick.  You want the wood to dry slowly at first to keep cracking and defects down. Once the moisture content of the wood is 30% or under it can go into the vacuum or conventional kilns we have to speed up the process.   So for example, naturally air drying 2-inch lumber would take 1 ½-2 years to get to 12% MC, but after 6-9 months of air drying you can put it in the kiln and take it down to 5-7% MC in 1-3 weeks depending on species.

 

Yes, we will mark it sold and make a plan to get the lumber into the kiln as soon as it is ready ( under 30% MC)

 

Yes, we do deliver, we deliver with pickup trucks, trailers, and a delivery truck. We do not have a way to unload like a mobile forklift. No minimums, the rate just depends on the distance and size of the delivery.
Yes, bring all the information you can about the project you have and we will help you choose the best wood and give you any advice we can.

Sinker Cypress and Sinker Pine are old-growth logs that were lost in the river during old logging practices. The trees that existed when America was being settled had grown very slowly in very old existing forests where they had to fight for light and water underneath huge trees. Due to bad growing conditions, the trees grew very slowing so the growth rings are very close together and the wood is much denser. Also, the hearts of the trees are much larger and that is where the best quality wood comes from. Less than 5% of forests left in the United States is virgin uncut trees and it’s all protected as a national forest. Congaree National Forest outside of Columbia still has some virgin timber that has never been cut. The best Bald Cypress and Long Leaf Pine (sinker trees we target) were said to exist in the Southeast, especially Long Leaf Pine in the Carolinas (hence Tar Heels name).

 

The Sinker wood we target has ax cut ends on them showing they were cut pre Civil War time before the 2 man saw started being used. There is also old-growth logs we find with straight end cuts from 2 man saws.

This means the wood has been cut by a sawmill to roughly to the specified finished size. It is usually also rough to the touch, not planed smooth or sanded. It came from an example like sizing a rough pine 2 ⅛ x 4 ⅛ board so after you plane it smooth you would have a finished 2 x 4.

 

Planed is shaving the wood smooth to an exact thickness. A planer will size the wood and leave a smoother finish that will be ready for sanding.

 

This means when you run a larger piece of lumber through a mill that has saws lined up together and cut multiple boards at one time as the wood passes through.

 

  • Board foot is a measurement of volume. 144 cubic inches = 1 board foot
  • (example) 1 board foot =12” wide x 12” long X 1” thick
  • Thickness (inches) x Width (inches) x length (feet) / 12 (inches)
  • 2 x 4 x 8 = 64     64 / 12 = 5.33 Board foot
Square foot is a measurement of area. Width x length = area
  • Linear foot is a measurement of length . EXAMPLE 2 pcs. 16’ long =32 LFT
  • Linear foot measurement has to have designated width to go by
  • Example $3 linear foot for 1×6’s
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