SEE MY UPDATE FOR BEECH WOOD HERE
Could I have bought a bigger log? I think not. When you ask a mill to cut a particular type of tree for you you better specify the size, I guess. You live and learn. Beech is so seldom cut in our forest that I think the feller was just itching to drop a big one. He probably was saving this one for just the day that someone asked for a beech.
So I never ended up making it home with this one. This is a 18-1/2' log. It measures 31" on smallest end. I didn't get far down the road and decided to give a friend a call to see if I could park it at his place and come back and cut it up later. I had a 2 1/2 hour drive through the mountains of TN so I wasn't feeling comfortable. This log had to of weighed easily more than my truck.
Anyhow this is where I will be getting wood dimensioned properly for solid wood moulding planes. I need it perfectly quarter sawn so I will be riving this up just like windsor chair parts. You can't get any more quartered than that.
After some time drying I will be up and running. I hope to ease the pain of others that have been looking desperately, like me, for proper wood. I don't have prices yet but I plan to sell moulding plane blanks. I already have some awesome curly hard maple drying for some specialty plane bodies.
If you need beech wood for moulding planes let me know and I will put you on my list. I will have larger plane bodies as well for Smoothing, Jack and Jointer planes.
Just for fun I will post some photos of me splitting this up. :) I need a bigger saw...ugh!