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Nov 12th, 2009 at 3:43pm
 
i found a guy that has some 104 year old 8"x8"x24' birch beams, and he wants 75 for each one. anyway i have never turned birch, so what do you all think of this find? he lives about 100 miles away, but i have no idea what it will turn like. thanks for any info, jim
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Reply #1 - Nov 12th, 2009 at 4:08pm
 
I've never turned birch.  But one 24' beam would yield a lot of turning material and there must be a marketing angle for century old barn wood.  If you do it, let us know how things work out.
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Reply #2 - Nov 12th, 2009 at 4:50pm
 
Jim, Where are you?  You might find that there are other members that would go in with you if you want to split a beam.  Birch is generally good to turn, but a beam that has been drying for 104 years may not turn as easily.

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Reply #3 - Nov 12th, 2009 at 5:04pm
 
i live in indiana, 70 miles west of indy, and the beams are 30 miles east of indy. i dont know if there is any members that live in indiana, but he has 18 of the 24' and some other shorter stuff. i have his phone number if anyone wants it. i plan on going there sunday, to check it out
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Reply #4 - Nov 12th, 2009 at 7:33pm
 
I love working with Birch, and have done some older stuff, nothing close to a 100 years so can't say on that. But, If I was closer I would definately go in on or go for it.

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Reply #5 - Nov 14th, 2009 at 12:03pm
 
I would go for it. i would just be careful when cutting or turning. Use a metal detector to avoid any unwanted surprises.
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Reply #6 - Nov 16th, 2009 at 2:51pm
 
Excellent stock for rolling pins, end grain cutting boards, potato mashers, spurtles, probably boxes and small bowls. Most likely will have some large cracks, so not good for utility bowls, but I would get a couple of them if I was in the area.

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Reply #7 - Nov 16th, 2009 at 3:02pm
 
I got a warning from a flat work friend.  (Yes we are allowed to intermingle.)  Watch out for "deposits."  Barns are generally occupied by birds, mice and other animals.  They tend to leave unsanitary traces of their passing.  He has even found bones stuffed in a large crack.  Be sure to wear a dust mask when handling.

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Reply #8 - Nov 16th, 2009 at 6:48pm
 
well that guy told me saturday night that he sold all of the good stuff, and he had a few short beams, buy they had gotten wet and had soft spots on them. so i did not want to drive 100 miles, for that. i guess i should have went there saturday. but my wife seen someone taking a barn down, and when the rain stops i will go and check it out. thanks for all the info, jim
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Reply #9 - Nov 17th, 2009 at 12:08pm
 
JimQuarles wrote on Nov 16th, 2009 at 3:02pm:
I got a warning from a flat work friend.  (Yes we are allowed to intermingle.)  Watch out for "deposits."  Barns are generally occupied by birds, mice and other animals.  They tend to leave unsanitary traces of their passing.  He has even found bones stuffed in a large crack.  Be sure to wear a dust mask when handling.

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Nice call, and should be a standard heads up with any old  building materials.
Besides the smell, I believe rodent urine will hold various diseases for extended periods of time. I know at some point in time I had heard you shouldn't use lumber that has rodent waste on it with out a respirator.

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Reply #10 - Nov 17th, 2009 at 12:20pm
 
Brad_Mortensen wrote on Nov 17th, 2009 at 12:08pm:
I believe rodent urine will hold various diseases for extended periods of time.

It is called Hanta Virus, and it is about 75% fatal, because it starts out like a cold or flu and people don't go to the doctor.  There was a surge in Arizona a few year back that was mostly hitting visitors to northeastern Arizona.  The locals have some built up immunity to it.  Instructions here in Phoenix included not sweeping out your garage without a dust mask, and don't vacuum it without a HEPA filter.

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Reply #11 - Dec 5th, 2009 at 3:49pm
 
well i just unloaded 7 , 150 year old beams, i found these 20 miles from home. the 7 i got are about 8 feet long, and the guy only charged me 20 bucks for them. i am not sure what kind of wood they are yet, oh and he has some really nice beams, but it will be at least a month before he gets them down, and will cost more. and i will be really carefull handling them, so i dont get sick, jim
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