2022 - Local Wood
Celebrating Local Lumber
As a group we deeply believe in the importance of creating a market for both locally harvested and processed lumber and a market for the valued added pieces made from that lumber.
The 2022 Woodworkers Show will highlight pieces made from local wood. Through partnership with Jefferson Land Trust and the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, the Splintergroup will be offering sustainably harvested Western Maple and Alder wood from trees at Valley View Forest in Chimacum.
The material is offered to local and regional makers with the implicit understanding that you will be making a piece or pieces for the 2022 Port Townsend Woodworkers Show. We encourage all potential show entrants to apply for some Valley View Forest lumber and make something for the show.
The format of the Show in 2022 is a work in progress. Making a piece from the Valley View Forest lumber ensures that it a strong contender to be displayed at the show, the show is juried for the quality of the work. We will set aside space to allow makers to exhibit just one or two pieces made from the Valley View Forest wood.
The trees were felled by Pavel McGlave on December 11, 2021
The logs were hauled to Cody Wayland's shop the same day. Cody is a sawyer and builder who also runs a dehumidification kiln.
Cody milled most of the logs. We let some those boards air dry for about eight weeks. Then about 1200 board feet, mostly maple and some of the alder, went in to the dehumidification kiln. The boards were ready at in late May 2022.
The base crotch of the Maple was sawn using an Alaskan Mill. Those boards and boards from the base logs of the Alder are being air-dried with the intention of the wood being available for the 2023 and 2024 shows.
Here are some images of the milling process at Cody Wayland's shop. The log shown here is the bottom log of the red alder. This tree was felled at the perfect time (from a woodworker's perspective). Alders, as they start to die, rot from the top down and the bottom up. The dark colouring on these boards shows that this tree was close to the end of it's life. This is a also the biggest and clearest grained alder that we collective have ever seen.
Cody has a dehumidification kiln, think of this as a kinder, gentler form of kiln. The biggest value to us was that the wood was not transported to a commercial kiln and knowing that Cody would be regularly checking the wood. The alder came down to 12% moisture content in about 4 weeks the maple took an extra two weeks.
Picking up the wood
The wood has been delivered to our storage location in Port Townsend.
We have kept the wood in flitches so book matched boards were available.
We asked $6 per boardfoot for the wood. We restricted purchases to project size.
We will be making the air-dried wood available for future show when the moisture content is low enough,
Our one request is that you be punctual for your appointment. The site is both a working shop and farm where time is tightly managed.