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For more about sinker cypress:
Recently, we purchased and milled sinker cypress logs - here are some photos we took that illustrate the beauty of this lumber and the hard work involved in its milling.
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These logs were reclaimed from the Florida Panhandle region southwest of Tallahassee. Sinker logs are kept in the river or in holding ponds until ready for milling. Sinker logs are those that, logged up to 200 years ago from virgin timbers, were floated downriver to the mills at the river's mouth. Sinker logs, as you might guess, sank to the river bottom along the way, and are now retrieved with pain-staking effort by divers who dislodge them from the silt and sand that has over the years been absorbed by the lumber, giving sinker cypress its distinctive color qualities. Sinker cypress, and sinker pine, can be found in the rivers and bayous that edge the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Texas.
In addition to the cut beams, slabs and 1"x material, check out the size of the logs! Jim had to work all morning just to position the log to be properly cut - you can't just lay it down and start slicing. Because of laying on the bottom so long, some of the centers have rotted out and are filled with mud. Jim was a milling artist!
is Pecky Sinker Cypress - usually sinker pecky has larger holes in it.
Confused with wormwood, Pecky Cypress - whether sinker or tidewater -
is caused by a fungus that eats holes in the wood. We sell a lot of it
for paneling, beams etc. Furniture makers and hobbiests love
its unusual look!
sawn sinker cypress is very special - it creates a true vertical
grained board. To properly quarter-saw a log it is cut down the middle,
and lengthwise again. Then each time it is cut, the quartered length of
log is turned, so that each board has vertical grains (i.e. straight
grain). As you might expect this is a more time consuming thus more
costly cut of lumber.
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