"Deep Water" Telecaster

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  1. jkingma

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    About a year ago I stumbled across a company up in cottage country called Deep Water Woods. They recover logs from the bottom of lakes and rivers in northern Ontario and Quebec, mill them in to planks and kiln dry them so they can be used for various things. most of the wood they recover gets used for flooring, but after chatting with the guy for a bit, he mentioned he had some really nice 8/4 curly birch boards with a bit of birdseye that I might like. He sent me this photo:

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    So I paid him a visit to see what he had and left with 2 boards about 6ft long x 18in wide. These boards had been pulled out of Hunters Bay not far from my new cottage. Based on the logging history of the area, he figured this particular log had been under water for about 100 years. I loaded them up in the back of my Explorer and headed home.

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    This thread has awesome written all over it!
     
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    Both boards have a live edge, and one board had a rough end where the log had rotten over the years under water. I wanted to try and work some of this into a guitar body and build myself a Tele for the cottage... so this is what I came up with. (I thought I had posted some pics of this body before but I cannot find them. it might be in the "What's on your Workbench" thread...)

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    Dis gonna be good

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    Birch as in the kind that has the White paper like bark that peels a lot?
     
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    Can I just take this opportunity to say that wood is amazing?
     
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    So cool! Can't wait. Following this one :)
     
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    That log is going to jam.
     
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    That first picture in post #3 with the angle of the shot plus the grain pattern looks like a flag waving in the wind -- like it's moving when standing still. Maybe prepared for some shredding?

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    surf's up
     
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    Wow. Nice! How much does it weigh? Looks HEAVY....
     
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    WOW!
     
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    Major wood!
     
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    You're right, it is heavy. I haven't weighed it yet. And I'm not sure what I'm going to do about it, if anything. Probably just live with it as is.
     
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    Very cool!

    There are a couple of outfits that dive for logs in the Great Lakes. There is some very nice salvaged wood coming out of Lake Superior, too; very cold and deep water there.

    There is also some under-water salvage work being done down in the south-east rivers too. I've seen some beautiful old pine that came out of the Suwanee River.

    Getting some of that old wood may be the closest we'll come to getting any true old-growth wood.

    Your birch came from Lake Ontario?


    Hunters Point rings an old bell for me :).

    About 45 years ago I spent a couple of weeks fishing and exploring up north-east of Temiscamingue (sp?) in Quebec. There is a very nice lake up there - Lake Kipawa. To get to Hunters Point (back then) was about a 30 mile boat trip or a much longer trip on a dirt fire service road. It was east and north from the small town of Kipawa.

    Could this be the same Hunters Point where you are at?


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    I've made a few platters and bowls from sinker cypress from the Mississippi River. But those were light as a feather, when finished.
     
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    I've seen a few Youtube videos of the deep divers in Lake Superior finding what looked like matchsticks on the bottom 200 feet down. Each log turned out to be flame and birdseye maple. A fortune in luthier woods.
     
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    No, it came out of Hunter's Bay... near Huntsville, ON.

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    White or yellow ? Looks like white birch heartwood. Actually I have never had any yellow birch
     
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