Depends on how many people you can find collecting 16' long chunks of
log, I guess, but nowhere is it apt to be a million and a half bucks.
The photos are abominations, so it's impossible to tell rmuch about the
log, but if he gets an offer over 100 grand, I'll be surprised. In
fact, if he gets an offer, I'll be at least slightly surprised.
Well, he already has several offers, the highest of which currently stands
at $65,100. The Buy It Now price of $1.5 mil is pretty much meaningless.
The real question is, what is the reserve price? My point is that I don't
think that anyone here knows the true value of a 40,000 lb hunk of sequoia.
I worked the total board feet to be roughly 10,000. Admittedly, I don't
know the board-feet value of sequoia lumber, but I doubt the purchase could
be justified on that basis. Moreso on the fact that this is, AFAIK, a
That's a lot of coffee tables.
An architect with vision together with a team of engineers could create
a masterpiece. A million- five, isn't what it used to be. For instance,
if Madonna wanted to have it made into a bidet, it'd get sold.
He lists the size as:
21-7 cir. at top
23-2 cir at bottom
So, somebody check my math here. I'm assuming a useable length of 20',
and a useable minimum diameter of 6', and I come up with 565 cubic feet
of log. At 12 bf per cu. ft., that's 6700 board feet (allowing for
waste and kerf).
This sucker is pushing $10/bf already!
Well, if someone was going to buy it for any of those prices, it would make
sense just to spend the money on ready to use stock. The only way it might
be worth something is if some project was made using the whole log as a
single unit. Totem pole maybe or something else equally exotic.
using the 21'7" circumference, I get a diameter of 6.870189 ft.
or a radius of 3.435094 ft.
PI*r**2 gives 37.459896 sq.ft cross-section.
21' length gives 786.657816 cu. ft.
or 9339.893792 bd ft. before any wastage.
Which puts the 'raw' price at bit under under $7/bd ft.
Allowing for the bigger base circumference. one gets over 9800 'raw' bd ft.
The value doesn't scale linearly with dimension; the bigger plank you can
get, the more it is worth.
When I was a kid in Oregon, they were still logging first growth, douglas
fir and cedars. I used to carry a baritone horn to school while trucks went
by carrying one log, a piece about 20' long. Those went to a lumber mill,
where planks were cut off. After the core got small (I don't remember how
small) the remaining part was sent to a veneer mill where a lathe removed
layers for plywood. The final "peeler core" was about 6 inches in diameter.
Depending on the mill, those could be sold for firewood or cut up into
broomsticks, etc. They finally burned the bark, chips and sawdust to
generate steam. It was said they used everything but the smoke. And
actually, electrostatic precipitators in the stack collected particulates,
which were pressed into charcoal briquets, although it didn't pay to ship
"and a useable minimum diameter of 6', "
My neighbor told me a similar story about 1 log per truck in the old
There was an article in The Oregonian a couple weeks back about an
upstart company in St. Helens, OR, doing Willamette and Columbia River
underwater timber salvage similar to the operations in the Great Lakes
and other places. The owner of the company has his eye on a beast of a
log that he just doesn't have the massive equipment, as yet, to raise -
the log is on the order of 12' in diameter.
One of our local hospitals has a wall of historical photos from the
community. A few of those photos are of log trucks (and even mule-drawn
wagons) pulling huge logs. To the best of my recollection and
guestimation, the logs are 6-10 feet diameter. Except these aren't
redwoods or virgin fir, they're bayou cypress. From above the swell.
Man, couldn't I make a fishing cabin with one of those!
This one log part per truck reminds me of the joke of the two farmers
bragging about the size of their farms where the first farmer says:
"My farm is so large that I need 3 days to drive around it in my
car!", to which the other replies" "Oh yes, I once also had a car like
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