Huge vaccuum occurred in Virginia on Saturday


Saturday, I went to an farm auction sale. Tabiner Marshall was a collector for many decades and seemed to have one of everything. He'd buy anything at an action if it was a bargain. He died from a heart attack about a year ago. He was 67. Tabiner was a farmer and also ran a saw mill on his place near Charlottesville Virgina. He had three barns full of "stuff" stacked to the ceiling. Also sold was approximately 30 to 40 thousand boad feet of rough sawn, stacked and stickered lumber, all under shed in the dry. It had been stored at least a year, since that's how long he's been dead. Although it was mostly pine, there was a considerable amount of oak; maybe a third?. There was also as advertised 200 bf of walnut in one lot and 700 bf of walnut in another. I seriously estimate that all of the pine and oak brought less $1,000 total. I saw stacks of 8" to 12" boards, 16 foot long, stacked 16 feet high sell for $75. Others 8 to 10 feet high go for $50.
I was interested in the walnut. Of course that brought a hefty price. The 200 bf lot, was made up of 8' lengths, about 8 4X4 post, and approximately 20 1" boards 8 to 12 inches wide. Beautiful lumber. That 200 feet sold for $575, which I think is not too bad for nice air dried walnut. I didn't buy it.
The 700' of walnut was mostly culls with a lot of bark edging and irregular shapes. Still there was a heck of a lot of good wood in that lot. It went for $50. I wasn't present when that lot was sold, SWMBO was and told me what it sold for. Sure wish I had jumped on that.
Several times Saturday I thought, Tabiner must be rolling over in his grave, all that hard ass work given away. Rest in peace, Tabiner.
Gary
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toller wrote:

You do realize that burning walnut is a hangin' offense. After a fast trial of course. %-)
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Who gets the tools in that case, exactly?
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Some kind of lesson there I suppose. A lot of folks work hard all their lives collecting things with the notion that "someday it will be worth a lot of money" and that they or their heirs will then reap the benefits and enjoy it. Sad thing is, more often than not, such collections get sold by the heirs, not knowing the real value and/or effort that the collection entailed and wind up selling it for pennies on the dollar.
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"Mark & Juanita" wrote in message

Were that always the case ... and that's why I mostly disdain "collectors" of any stripe, but particularly those who collect items designed to facilitate human creative endeavors, like musical instruments, where the items sole purpose is subverted to feed someone's greed, never to be used for its intended purpose again..
Many, if not most, of the fine pre WWII acoustic instruments still in existence are stored in Japan in some damn collectors vault, _far_ beyond the means of most of today's talented musicians.
Upon my demise, my wife has written instructions to seek out and _give_ my 61' Fender Jazz Bass, currently worth (artificially, and ridiculously so) about $10K on a good day, to a deserving musician, with the proviso that he/she do the same ... and being a musician herself, I have no doubt that she will not cause me to haunt her to her dying day, a deed which has been promised if my wishes are not followed.
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And you probably take pretty good care of her now, so that the $10k won't be a serious temptation...
What happens to your tools?
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True. The ~500 B.F. of black walnut that I bought at a local auction, for (mumble - let's just say I suck) a few years back, would have gone for 4 times as much if the family had just called the local hardwood dealer and sold it to _them_. Ah well.
Beautiful stuff. Cut in the 1960's, stacked & stickered well and in a loft for 40 years. The guy who bought the pile of oak did well too. We didn't actually _arrange_ to let the other have each pile, but it worked out that way.
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wrote:
I live in charlottesville and happen to have a bunch of 5 yr old air dried walnut in 6-8" widths, up to 2 1/2" thick and some pieces 10-12' long. Email me if you are interested. Also have aromatic cedar and some cherry

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