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    Default Wood source

    Can anybody recommend a good source for wood in the Washington DC area? I’m planning on a 15’ peapod but have only found places that sell kiln dried, not air dried.
    Thanks
    Gordon

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    Default Re: Wood source

    There's a yard down in La Plata, MD. Don't know if he has air dried.
    Otherwise, check out woodfinder.com

    Good luck!
    Dave
    (I used to live in McLean/Langley, too)

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    Exotic Lumber in Annapolis may be able to help. Let them know what you're looking for, and if they don't have something, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
    Heute ist so ein schöne Tag...

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    I would find some local saw mills. I know one in Egg Harbor City NJ that mills only Atlantic White cedar (perfect planking for a peapod) That’s not to far from you.

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    Dig into the chesapeake light craft archives, or better give them a call. They mention a sawmill somewhere near the Bay Bridge, I cannot recall exactly where.

    Also craigslist, there are a number of sawmills in western MD and south central PA that might be able to help you out.
    Steve Martinsen

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    Default Re: Wood source

    Larry Pardy got out the framing stock for "Talisien" that is black locust by seaching for trees on farms in the Mid-West He found a farmer that needed to have a windbreak removed who gave him the wood just to get rid of it! The only expense to Larry was the labor for taking it down and transport to Black Canyon at Elsinor Ca. The added benefit was that the prevailing wind had produced a natural curve in the main trunks that helped Larry one heck of a lot! Larry was great on the idea of "Seek and Ye shall find" concept of finding materials!
    Jay

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    Now that I think more on it (and you did say air dried), it occurs to me that you're not far from Lancaster County, PA. I'm sure you can find an Amish mill there that would have sassafras, or something similar. That may be your best bet.
    Heute ist so ein schöne Tag...

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    Default Re: Wood source

    Does your list of materials include marine plywood?

    If so there is some available at Harbor Sales

    https://www.harborsales.net/Products/Panels/Wood.aspx

    I have bought sapele from these guys several times.
    Will

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    If your build requires Douglas Fir or Cypress, this yard supplies the mushroom business in Kennett Square PA.
    http://www.aalumber.com/

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    I just cut about 1,000 board feet of 5/4 sassafrass up to 24 inches wide and Im in chester county, Pa... (right on the maryland boarder)
    There is a joy in madness, that only mad men know. -Nieztsche

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