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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #120 on: March 22, 2019, 02:35:21 PM »
Tight grain spruce, clear, and 16 rings per inch or more, quarter sawn demands a huge price for musical instruments. (Like thousands $$ for a few small boards!) (Limited market though).
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #121 on: March 24, 2019, 06:40:54 AM »
Did some checking into that type of use for these spruce. I'm sure some of them would make the grade . The thing is the distance and terrain we have to travel over to get them means you would most likely just take the butt of the tree and leave the rest . I cannot cut one of these big trees and leave 70 % of it on the ground to rot . 

The price for the butt would have to be high enough to pay to bring out the rest of the tree as well . 

There is also the problem of sawing one down and finding out it is not guitar quality . There fore the good ones have to compensate for those as well. 

It would be a learning process so at first you might be cutting more " no good" ones than " good" ones . 

The trees are big so each tree generates lots of big logs . With snowmobile and the rough country ,distances, high cost of gas,changing snow conditions, etc etc . Not sure it's a money making option. 

Don't get me wrong I'd love to try it if I had a market .

Needs more research on my part .

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #122 on: March 24, 2019, 10:07:45 PM »
For music wood the buyer comes out and cores the tree then there own logger cuts and hauls . My great nephew was working on an island off south Alaska . Doing inventory and there job was to spot music wood Sitka Spruce .
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #123 on: March 31, 2019, 06:50:29 AM »
Still cutting a few . Had a late order for 3 logs 6x6x24'





These were slabed of two sides and delivered to the customer yesterday . 

Part of an order of 6x6x8/10' I am doing . Like sawing 6x6. Throw on the log four cuts and on to the next one .

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #124 on: March 31, 2019, 08:13:35 AM »
Quebecnewf,
What is the capacity of your mill?
I like cutting 6x6 as well.I have a lot of 10'' spruce that is well suited for that.
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #125 on: March 31, 2019, 08:23:04 AM »
I can cut 16’ long .dont do much longer than that very often. Mostly 8/10/12’

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #126 on: March 31, 2019, 08:27:30 AM »
Snow here is starting to melt. But go an hour,in either direction and it changes. From not much to alot. ;D
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #127 on: March 31, 2019, 08:49:53 AM »
I went out and sawed some 6x6 and 5x5 for some timber frame sheds I'm going to build.
Some fir,hemlock and spruce.
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #128 on: April 08, 2019, 05:47:21 AM »
Well i guess this is the final post on this thread . We went in today and took down our little bush camp.




It only takes about 30 min to go from this



To this




And finally to this . All covered and racked up until next winter . 

725 logs this winter so the most we have ever cut in one season.

Stopped at winter cabin and closed that up for the season on or way home . Just got back for about an hour and a snow storm moved in . 

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #129 on: April 10, 2019, 11:55:40 AM »
I really enjoyed this post and I'm looking forward to the getting started on the spring and summer sawmilling thread .     Thank you 
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #130 on: April 10, 2019, 06:18:46 PM »
Congratulations on a great season, smiley_thumbsup
really enjoy reading this thread.

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #131 on: April 13, 2019, 04:17:17 AM »
 

 
As you can see our ice bridge to the mainland is getting narrow . Still lots of people traveling on it . Our snowmobile trail is still open in this area but some sections to the east are closed now . Spring is late this year .

We have been sawing up some of our slabs for firewood . Not the most fun I've had but it has to be done 

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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #132 on: April 13, 2019, 01:18:58 PM »
Is your timber harvesting done on crown lands or other ownerships?
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #133 on: April 13, 2019, 05:56:41 PM »
Thank you for sharing your Winter logging operation.  I look forward to it each year.  8)
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #134 on: April 13, 2019, 09:20:17 PM »
I too very much enjoyed this thread.  Grew up on a Ski-doo, river crossings, ice fishing, dodging slush, etc so it brings back many fond memories.  
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #135 on: April 22, 2019, 07:54:36 AM »
I've cut a few birch logs over the years and it really makes you appreciate the difference between guys who log mostly softwood (me) and the guys who work in mostly hardwoods. It's a whole different ballgame . They are heavy , and when you deal with birch in winter , slippery .

I have cut many trees in my life and approach them all with care . Birch I approach with extra care . They can be really tricky to fall with all those large limbs sticking out every which way .

My hat is of to guys that hand cut hardwoods all day for a living . Some of those big maples and oaks I have seen would be a big pucker job for me .

Stay safe guys

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They can be very dangerous and hard to tell which way they want to fall.  Here is a big birch I cut a couple weeks ago.  
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Re: Getting started on the winter logging
« Reply #136 on: April 22, 2019, 08:02:24 AM »
I don't watch much T.V. I would much sooner read great threads like this.  Awesome.  It's 9a.m. and I am still not in the woods but after reading this tread I am very motivated to go so I will catch you later.   

great job.  
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