An 8/4, Kiln dried podcast all about lumber and your questions about it. Let's dispel some myths and broaden an understanding of this ancient industry and help us all become a little more wood savvy...woodier??
83 - Buying Lumber from a Dude in the Woods
This time I answer listener questions like:
-What to look for when buying lumber from places like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
-Wood movement based on density
-Expanding your sawmill to buying lumber
-CITES passports on the stuff you make
82 UVA Sawmilling
UVA Sawmilling is the product of 2 architecture graduates who wanted to put the trees to use that had been felled on campus. Today they are a cross disciplinary "department" that is sawing logs and making the wood available for student projects and for the University to use in its own construction projects. Essentially turning the UVA campus into a forest concession and supplier of raw materials for its own development. Learn more at https://www.uvasawmilling.com/.
81 Soil chemistry
Soil chemistry plays a major role in the appearance and working characteristics of the lumber we use. In this episode I look at several examples where geology and weather and even mankind have altered a tree species. It is a fascinating subject and I tap into my long unused geology schooling...and probably mess most of it up.
80 - David Barmon wrote the Book on Urban Lumber
I have guest David Barmon with me to discuss the urban logging movement. David successfully funded his book "Trees from the City" on Kickstarter and is in the throes of getting it finished up and on shelves. We discuss how urban lumber isn't all just slabs and the direction the urban logging industry is heading.
79 - So You Want to Start a Lumberyard
Are you considering starting your own lumber business? Or maybe you just wondered about how they work as a business model. This is a big topic but on this episode I take a shallow dive into some of the things to consider when you start selling your lumber to others.
78 - A Replacement for Western Red Cedar?
I'm cleaning out some of my inbox this time and answering a question about the difference between green and air dried timbers. Talking about the checking inherent in larger timbers, and planting your own grove of trees. Plus I delve into the possible replacements for Western Red Cedar.
Technically head over heals compared to other podcasts. Not just a chat to chat podcast.
Technical and economic understanding of wood
This is a great resource for learning how to source lumber as well as having an understanding of good use cases for particular species of lumber. Information from this podcast helped me find and go to a sawmill for the first time and feel good about the price of my purchase.
I’ve listened to the “other” podcast and this is so much better! Shannon is so good at explaining things in layman’s terms and I’ve learned a lot in just a short time listening. None of the corny jokes, just real useful information.