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Bigbartguy

lodgepole pine? where to buy this stuff?

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hi folks

I'm trying to figure out where someone can buy stripped Pine logs for furniture building? I'm thinking about giving this a try but have no idea where to find the base materials? Can anyone point me in right direction?

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The guys at Younglbood's lumber in Northeast Minneapolis may be able to give you some ideas of where to look. Another idea would be to try one of the many Rockler woodworking stores. they sell a lot fun tools to make rustic furniture.

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I agree, Youngblood would be a good place to check out. Also, Lake Elmo lumber specializes in unique and rare woods, mustly imported, though. They may also have an idea.

You may also consider contacting log home manufacturers. They definately specialize in that sort of thing! There are a couple up in Duluth and Ely that I know of, but I'm not sure what they call themselves.

Good luck!

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i think you would have to go to a place that specize in logs like acorn millworks. i think thats what its called. i dont think youngblood would carry it there more lumber and sheetgoods joint. and besides if youngblood did stock it then industrial lumber and factory lumber would to and they would be cheaper.

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I've never seen it around here. It grows mostly in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. You might get someone to get some for you, but it would be terribly expensive. I would think that Norway Pine plantation material would be a fair subsitute. There is lots of that around here. Jack Pine is a real close cousin to Lodgepole. Should be able to find some of that around the central part of the state. Stop in at one of the DNR Forestry Offices up in Sherburne County. Always lots of plantations being thinned in that neck of the woods. They should be able to lead you to a logger that would sell you some.

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There is a place in New Brighton that sells telephone poles. It's about two blocks north of D-rock. You can't miss it.

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Trying to buy pine logs stripped and ready to work, in the quality and small diameters you are looking for, and in the metro area is probably not possible. That being said, you are not out of options and here is a suggestion.

Head north next spring around early June and look for a landowner that will sell you the access to cut small pine trees the size you are looking for. You may be able to locate someone on this site who can help you. You need to cut the trees in the spring while they are actively growing to be able to get the bark stripped. I'ts loose at that time of year and comes off easily but very difficult to strip now. The type of tree does not matter as long as it'e the right size for what you are trying to do. Once they are stripped, stack the logs with lots of air circulation for a month or so to let them dry out a little. Next summer you will have all the material you need.

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Try asking the U of MN Forestry Club. They are currently holding a "Holiday" Tree sale in the lot near the U of MN Golf Course in St. Paul, off of Cleaveland. May be able roll in and talk to some one face-to-face there.

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thank you all for the responses. I have found 1 guy to sell me cedar logs, but I think I'm simply going to go up and cutt-em and strip-em myself and save the $. I have a buddy with 80 acres and a ton of trees.

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