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    Default Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    Hello all,

    I reside in Portland, Oregon. Supposedly on a waiting list for air dried from Crosscuts. I called a lumberyard and was given a few options but they said it would be tricky to find air dried.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    cheers!

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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    Hi Michael, Did you try Edensaw? If you're headed to the PT Festival they probably have what you need and are nearby. What size stock are you looking for?

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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    7X7X8 I believe. Not huge so hoping it won't be too much of an issue.

    Thank you on Edensaw! no boat festival this year. I'll contact them tomorrow.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    In town are Woodcrafters and Crosscut. They both have high end wood, though Edensaw would probably understand your needs better...
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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bateau View Post
    In town are Woodcrafters and Crosscut. They both have high end wood, though Edensaw would probably understand your needs better...
    I've never been able to find air-dried stock through them, Bruce. Have you? Another good hardwood place is Goby Lumber in NW Portland, but their stock is all kiln dried, too...but they dry their own so sometimes you can get them to saw green wood for you.

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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    Might pass by a few trees here n there

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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    An air-dried chunk of that size is gonna require enough luck to stumble across some old timer's stash.
    Is laminating kiln dried stock out of the question?
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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    Quote Originally Posted by Autonomous View Post
    An air-dried chunk of that size is gonna require enough luck to stumble across some old timer's stash.
    Is laminating kiln dried stock out of the question?
    Exactly. A single big lump of wood.
    doug fir can have a big difference in weight, the growth of the tree blablabla… one can lam a spar to be far superior than a grown nog.
    this bowsprit is 7 inches square and 8 feet long?

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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    I have trees that big but they are all green and standing.
    I have a tree stored in my loft for a few years now for a spare mast for one of my boats, but it ain't that big!

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    Default Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    Try Beaver Creek Lumber near Twisp WA. Great folks & lots of different stock. Not sure on air dried though.
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