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Rusty Williams
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have no idea...it was my Dad's
First time post, not sure if this is the correct place...
Aug 2nd, 2017 at 7:46pm
 
Board,
My father was an avid turner later in life.  He passed away about 8 years ago and I inherited his shop, which includes mostly old tools, equipment and LOTS of wood boards of varying thicknesses and lengths.  Mostly walnut and cherry as far as I can tell.  He had a friend that worked at a saw mill that would bring him stuff over the years.  That piled up and now we have about 6 stacks that are waist high or higher with wood.

My dad was the type that believed if having a few pieces of wood to turn was good, then having a LOT of pieces sitting under his shelter would be much better.  I think that developed from growing up in the depression era. 

My oldest son and I are going through some of the wood and have considered selling it on ebay.  I have sold plenty of stuff on ebay and would like to move some of this stuff online also.  I hate to see it sit here for another eight years.  I might turn some in the future, but right now with 3 kids and life, it might be a number of years before I can.

My question is what do you as a turner look for with turning blanks online?  Does it need to be dry wood (certain %)?  If wet, does it need to be sealed (what I have seen online during my research)?    Does it need to be cut into certain dimensions?  My Dad did mostly bowls and plates. 

I also have a friend who owns a saw mill that sells a lot of his timber overseas.  He lets me get the ends (usually 4"x6"12" or larger) to burn in our wood stove (old family home place).  I thought I might get my son involved and it could be a part time job for him to cut up the pieces into blanks and sell those on ebay too.

Any advice/input would be greatly appreciated and if this is the wrong section, I apologize.
Thanks
Rusty
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Re: First time post, not sure if this is the correct place...
Reply #1 - Aug 2nd, 2017 at 7:55pm
 
My suggestion is to contact the nearest woodturning organizations.  You may have difficulty trying to sell sight unseen without a reputation.
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Re: First time post, not sure if this is the correct place...
Reply #2 - Aug 3rd, 2017 at 7:00am
 
Sorry to hear about your dad.
Unfortunately this is a common occurance, a dad dies, and someone is left to clean up, and has no idea of what they have, or what it is worth.
A local turning club would have members that could come have a look, and give you an assessment. The American Association of  Woodturners could help you find a local club.
Without looking at the wood, and tools, you could have several thousands of dollars sitting there, or you could have practically nothing, most likely something in between.
I have never bought or sold wood on EBay, so can't help you there
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