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Offline northwoods1

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Northern White Cedar
« on: September 16, 2010, 02:03:42 PM »
I've got about 5 cords of  8' large Cedar logs to saw and some of it will yield wide clear boards. I was thinking of just flitch sawing the best logs but have been scratching my head about what exactly I should saw it in to. Anyone know some good markets for cedar or what the best use for this stuff might be? The only reason I am hesitant is because the logs are so nice, some up to 38" at the butt and not to many defects. Really unusual to find such nice Cedar around these parts and I highly doubt I'll ever have anymore large stuff like this come through my hands again. Thanks, tc

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Re: Northern White Cedar
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010, 02:55:58 PM »
Cedar strip canoe builders love clear cedar, but 8' ers make a short canoe...
Other boat builders like clear cedar as well and they may be able to use shorter lengths.  A sawyer that I had milling for me did lots of cedar and had a standing order for long clear boards from a boat builder at many times the regular cedar price. 
I've seen T&G cedar used for ceilings and walls and I think it has a nicer character than most pine. 
Maybe you could sell it as fence boards?   

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Re: Northern White Cedar
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 03:11:12 PM »
Cedar strip canoe builders love clear cedar, but 8' ers make a short canoe...
Other boat builders like clear cedar as well and they may be able to use shorter lengths.  A sawyer that I had milling for me did lots of cedar and had a standing order for long clear boards from a boat builder at many times the regular cedar price. 
I've seen T&G cedar used for ceilings and walls and I think it has a nicer character than most pine. 
Maybe you could sell it as fence boards?   


I've got a lot of cedar paneling in my house that I cut and milled and I also sided my house with cedar lap. I think it makes really fine paneling. But these large clear logs I am thinking are worthy of a little more than that. Like boat building that would be a higher end use. I think clear quarter sawn might make a decent guitar top but haven't talked with any luthiers yet to find out if I could find someone who might want to try it. By next month I'll have to decide what to make out of it. Thanks for the boatbuilding suggestion I am going to check that out further. tc

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Re: Northern White Cedar
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010, 03:58:39 PM »
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Re: Northern White Cedar
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2010, 04:28:26 PM »
I forget the name of the boat company in Maine, but I remember in an interview on "Made in Maine" on PBS, with Lou McNalley, the proprietor of the company said all his white cedar came from New Brunswick for his boats. I can't remember even the details of the product they wanted, it's been so long ago. But, canoes are not only made of cedar strip, the traditional canvas back canoes in this region had cedar ribbing so you don't need real long pieces.

There are thousands of cords of big cedar left to rot or fall down on our crown lands. In those virgin stands there are all kinds of 30" but ends in places it grows. It often grows in with hardwood to in these parts, those are the places I see the biggest cedars. The soil is igneous based that looks like pulverized granite, also with sediments mixed in and shallow with all kinds of granite stones. We are in the same site region here, but the soil over here is like garden soil as we are in a potato belt and our cedar is growing on limestone or straight lime not even solid as some places they dredge the lime out after the cedar is cut.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Northern White Cedar
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2010, 04:41:36 PM »
Wow, that is some phenomenal cedar!  It seems rare to find it that big with no defects.  I would try to find some rustic furniture makers.  They love wide cedar slabs with a live edge for dresser and table tops.  Generally about 2-2 1/2" thick.  I think if you told them about the size and quality they would jump on it.

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Re: Northern White Cedar
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2010, 08:49:42 PM »
oldtown canoe makes the cedar ribbed canoes and they get something like $2800 for them.
i  would lean towards boat building or fing some millionare that building a cottage
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Re: Northern White Cedar
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2010, 08:57:45 PM »
When you have to saw a log before you have an order it is tough to hit the right size. Having them in log form allows you to cut to the order. You could grade saw them into the largest pieces that you can that are FOHC, FOS and then resaw them later. Cut the lower grade stuff into fence boards, and garden boards. I have had good luck having what the customer wants by milling up Redwood this way.
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Re: Northern White Cedar
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2010, 12:20:25 PM »
I'd grade saw it a thick 4/4, sticker it and stash it. I've sold wide clears for over $2.00 a board foot. When you start running into the defects, then cut decking out of the balance if there is anything left of it.
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