What are sinker logs worth?
Commercial retail prices range from two to five dollars per board foot. By the time high-quality sinker cypress wood reaches a California show room, it can range from eight to fourteen dollars per board foot.
Why are sunken logs valuable?
The logs can command thousands of dollars for their intricately beautiful grains and long, straight cuts. Across the coast of the Southeastern U.S., pine and cypress were harvested into the late 1800s. Most logs were lashed together with metal “spike dogs” and floated or towed downstream to mills.
What is sinker cypress wood?
Sinker Cypress is a highly desired lumber product. Because it’s a reclaimed lumber, the supply is limited. As old-growth wood, this lumber is harder, denser, and more stable than newer-growth Cypress, and its 150-year underwater preservation process makes it one of the most rot- and insect-resistant woods in the world.
Is it better to cut wood wet or dry?
But wet wood is actually much easier to cut than dry wood. With dry wood lacking moisture content, more friction is created as the chainsaw chain comes into contact with the wood fibers. As a matter of fact, dry wood that is wet on the outside will be easier to cut through than dry wood that is not.
How big are sinker cypress and sinker pine logs?
Most of the Sinker Cypress and Sinker Pine Logs we reclaim average 28 feet long and were ax-cut by hand. We estimate that each of these logs can contain 2500 to 2800 board feet of lumber.
Where can I find sinker logs in Florida?
We’ve been in the business of River Reclaimed Sinker Cypress for over two and a half decades, and we’ve become specialists at recovering these sinker logs from the bottom of Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama waterways and swamps.
What kind of wood is under a sinker?
These sunken logs came to be known as “sinkers” or “deadheads.” Underwater for up to a century, the bark and sapwood (light-colored wood just under the bark) of the log decomposes, but the inside is perfectly persevered.
How long does a sinker log stay underwater?
They’re also referred to as “deadheads.” These big logs sank a very long time ago (sometimes over 100 years ago!) and they remain there until they are “rediscovered.” Underwater for up to a century, the bark and sapwood of the Sinker Log decomposes, but the inside is perfectly persevered.