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A Spruce Supplier Retiring

  • 1.  A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 02-28-2018 07:02
    Edited by Chris Chernobieff 02-28-2018 07:04
    I post this since spruce seems to be getting harder to get.
    I found a Sitka Spruce supplier last week and ordered a 130 BFT. He is 80 years old and is retiring. He wants to sell his remaining stock.  In fact, what I bought was such a good deal that shipping it UPS was worth it. He's located near Albany New York.  He said its all AAA quartersawn and perfectly clear, and he purchased it 5 years ago so it is well seasoned quality stuff. Mine is coming today!

    Contact
    rct54@taconic.net" name="Robert Tibbetts" data-hovercard-id="rct54@taconic.net" class="gD">Robert Tibbetts
    rct54@taconic.net
    Lumber-for-sale.com
    518-733-6085
    Here is a list he sent me of what he's got left:

                    pcs.            list price

    1X4X3'       2               $15.80

    1X4X4'      10                18.80

    1X4X6'         1               28.75

    1X6X3'      23                23.00

    1X6X4'                           30.25

    1X6X6'        4                43.25

    1X8X3'        8                 30.25

    1X8X4'        0

    1X8X6'        0                 57.55

    5/4X4X3'   0

    5/4X4X4'   0

    5/4X4X6'  10                36.00

    5/4X6X3'  27                28.70

    5/4X6X4'  10                37.85

    5/4X6X6'    6                 54.00

    5/4X8X3'    8                 37.85

    5/4X8X4'  25                50.50

    5/4X8X6'    0                72.00



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    A hunter's drumbeat steers the stampeding herd,
    His belly growls in hunger to what he sees.
    The mammoth aware blows his mighty trumpet,
    But alas, the caveman tickles the ivories.

    chernobieffpiano.com
    865-986-7720
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  • 2.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 02-28-2018 09:44
    just talked to him. I have no use for that much 3' and 4' stock, and he will not sell just the longs. Did the math including purchasing stock that's too short to use, and it does not seem to make sense. Think I'll give it a pass, but a good lead anyway...thanks.

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 3.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 02-28-2018 14:53
    Jim,
    You may want to consider after you see the pictures i'm loading. This stuff is incredible! Not a single blemish, and I noticed it is very light in weight. I am super pleased I found Bob. He sent an email and said he has to keep the 4' and the 6' together he can work with you (BTW that's what I did). He sells the 3' to luthiers.
    Here's the pics:







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    A hunter's drumbeat steers the stampeding herd,
    His belly growls in hunger to what he sees.
    The mammoth aware blows his mighty trumpet,
    But alas, the caveman tickles the ivories.

    chernobieffpiano.com
    865-986-7720
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  • 4.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 02-28-2018 18:37
    have to think whether I want that many 4fters

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 5.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-01-2018 08:42
    Yeah, those are pretty short pieces. And it works out to like $15 per board-foot - pretty darn expensive! I usually buy boards that are two inches thick by six to nine inches wide and 12' to 16' long for $5 per board-foot. Yes there tend to be a few sections of wood with a few pitch pockets, etc., but not many - 80% to 90% of it is gorgeous clear quarter sawn stock. I just don't find it a big deal to cut out a defect if I think it is too large.

    Few pictures attached. Oops - looks like they will come out in the reverse order than I intended - the steak and beer are for AFTER a hard day's work!

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    Terry Farrell
    Farrell Piano Service, Inc.
    Brandon, Florida
    terry@farrellpiano.com
    813-684-3505
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  • 6.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-01-2018 08:47
    terry...willing to share your source?   I used to buy 8/4 sitka from a local yard, but it was so riddled with internal splits and other serious flaws that after the $12 dbft rough cost  it ended up being horribly expensive, and still pretty lousy stock. I'm just coming to the end of some amazing stock I got from Ed Mcmorrow which he bought from Posey, before they closed.

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 7.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-01-2018 10:20
    Yes, and my cousin is trying to find out why Northwest Specialty Woods closed without noticed. I'm amazed terry can get it at $5 bft being in Florida with shipping and all. Should be a snap for ya in Boston. I'd like to know the supplier as well.





  • 8.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-05-2018 10:20
    So Chris,

    Having had time to unpack and stack this stock, what is your opinion of the wood?  I am going to buy the 4's and 6's, but wanted to get your opinion before I make my payment.

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 9.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-05-2018 10:28
    Fantastic stuff! Funny you posted this, I just ordered new bandsaw blades. Luckily a company here in town makes blades on the spot. I know you're going to ask, so I ordered 4tpi skip tooth. Should work fine. They didn't have 3tpi. 
    So, is Terry keeping his source secret?? What's the big deal?
    -chris






  • 10.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-05-2018 10:57
    Here's a pic after resawing, haven't run them through the planer yet.


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    A hunter's drumbeat steers the stampeding herd,
    His belly growls in hunger to what he sees.
    The mammoth aware blows his mighty trumpet,
    But alas, the caveman tickles the ivories.

    chernobieffpiano.com
    865-986-7720
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  • 11.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-05-2018 11:50
    I think Frank Tebbs in Tacoma WA still sells Sitka spruce.

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    Edward McMorrow
    Edmonds WA
    425-299-3431
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  • 12.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-05-2018 20:37
    Thanks for the review Chris. I bought the lot. We will go pick it up sometime at the end of the month...a 3hr drive from here, I think.

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    Jim Ialeggio
    grandpianosolutions.com
    Shirley, MA
    978 425-9026
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  • 13.  RE: A Spruce Supplier Retiring

    Posted 03-05-2018 20:39
    Let me know how the visit goes. Hope you get some good stuff.