Just out of interest…

March 22, 2010

Anyone feel the urge to send me like about half a dozen cedars for milling? It can’t be more than 10,000 miles across the Pacific.

No reason. Just have this bit of a catapult thing to build here and the local wood sucks, or is “too pretty” to actually use for anythign except postcards.


  1. Have you looked into lumber salvage companies. I don’t know if they do much of that in your part of the world, but in the US a lot of salvaged lumber is hauled out of rivers that have been used for decades to tranport trees to the mills. They also salvage a lot of old bridges, causeways, docks, piers, pilings etc.

    I recently saw an article on some old roadways around the Great Salt Lake that were being rebuilt and they were pulling some huge pilings out of the lake that turned out to be 100 year old redwood logs that were in fabulous shape.

    Around here they seem to salvage a lot of redwood, which wouldn’t work too well for your uses – too soft. But they also find a lot of Cypress, Cedar, Southern Pine, etc.

    If you have contacts in the milling business you may be able to get the raw salvaged logs cheaper than needing the salvage company do the cleaning and milling of the wood.

  2. In fact I do have a mill thats willing to do any work for me but there is a real shortage of usable material.

    The entire New Zelaand timber industry (which is largely Japanese owned) is based on rapid grow pine (25 years being considered mature).

    All the salvage timber is highly expensive and largely bulding material. Really there is no local equvilent for cedar which is the prefered material for catapults due to its weathering abilities.

    I generally end up with pine that is heavily oiled to help it last a bit longer but can’t take the full stress of the torsion system.

  3. Why not use cypress?

  4. A good plan Jack but it has the same problems as cedar.

    You see I’m in New Zealand and everything like that is exoctic. We have similar types of timber but it is all native. This means cutting it down is a no no.

    Seriously untill quite recently ANY tree that grew over a certain height became the property of the local body government. You are not perimitted to carry any work within a specified distance of a native tree without planning consent. And it goes on.

    So to get any decent wood I’m faced with massive costs. the onlt resonably priced timber is all fast grown pine which is essentially substandard material for a weapon system.

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