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I am cutting lengths of 150mm x 50mm with my Lucas mill of Norfolk Island Pine, not sure if to sell or not, wondering how much it is worth a length, each length 4 to 5 metres, approx 70 lengths at present. Advice appreciated. Thanks
The short answer to your question is not much. Timber is highly suseptable to insect attack and blue stain. It is not a commercially recognised specie even though other Araucarias are.
As I understand the history, Capt James Cook discovered Norfolk Island on his second voyage. He didn't land on the island but did report to the British Admiralty that the island's pines would make good ship's masts and spars.
Lt Gidley King and a bunch of convicts were dispatched to the island shortly after the First Fleet arrived in Port Jackson in 1788 to establish a timber mill of some sort.
As I recall, the pines were found to be unsuitable for ship's masts because there were too knots and other weak points in the wood.
As RustyNail notes, the timber is not a recognised commercial species. Is real value might only be achieved by a craft turner.
regards from Canada
I'm going on the assumption that you want to sell this timber?
First question is - is it dry and ready for use? I'm assuming it isn't, as you mention you're milling it now?
Is it something you can dry or get dried? If so, and you have straight, clear sections, it might be worth offering for sale here... in some parts, finding non-treated pine to make anything with is a challenge, unless one wants to pay a relatively high price for a DAR product from the green shed.
I would love to find a source for some rough sawn, ready to use, dried pine that's good and straight - whilst I don't have a use for a massive amount, I'd be delighted to get some considering a fair price were on the material. I can't speak for others here, but if this is a direction that appeals to you, perhaps a thread in a more noticeable place might get you enough responses so you know it's worth pursuing?
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