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While visiting Wisconcin last week I stumbeled across a great place to purchase the wood for your model's baseboard.  Some of you may have heard of it, they are called "Timeless Timber" I'll post their story below.

I purchased a piece of Birdseye Maple for a half hull of the Shamrock V, I plan to build, the piece of wood is loaded with eyes, it's truly beautiful...  If you are in the area stop in and look at their selection of wood. 

Timeless Timber

2200 East Lake Shore Drive

Ashland, WI





Timeless Timber uses premium wood which is milled from logs that sank during the logging boom of the 1800's and early 1900's. These logs were perfectly preserved by the icy temperatures and low oxygen content of the waters of the Great Lakes.

This is a unique niche business that has attracted national and international attention. Timeless Timber products are all environmentally sound, created by recycling a squandered resource lost generations ago. Unlike other mills that cut wood from today's young forests, Timeless Timber uses antique quality wood that has not been available in any significant quantities for almost a century.

Timeless Timber is proud to be an environmentally conscious company. All of the reclaimed wood we mill is ecologically sound, and carries the environmental Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) seal of approval for 100% reclaimed underwater salvaged recycled timber. This means that none of our reclaimed timbers were harvested from current old-growth forests.


We are committed to educating wood product consumers of the importance of using "sustainable wood products" and the benefits of reclaimed and recycled lumber. Underwater logging reduces the negative impacts of commercial forestry by utilizing existing resources more responsibly. We currently recover, reclaim and process two million board feet of lumber each year without sawing down one single tree.

By recovering and reclaiming the vast amount of logs that sunk during the logging boom of yesteryear, we are able to help reduce the need to harvest existing forests to meet the current demand for wood. Timeless Timber logs are reclaimed without damage to wildlife habits. Every site is carefully assessed to prevent disturbing existing fish and wildlife habits.

Timeless Timber gives manufacturers, craftsmen and artisans the ability to utilize this fine, old growth lumber to create the "antiques" of tomorrow. Timeless Timber has the same fine grain and texture as the antiques of 100 years ago, because it's from the same forest. The fine designs of today will take on a whole new 'look' with the use of this rare, fine quality lumber.

Through extensive research and development, Timeless Timber has successfully refined its proprietary drying technology to preserve this treasure for generations to come. The mill is unique because all wood is cut to customers' specifications, such as violin and guitar makers, furniture manufacturers, craftsmen, and artisans. Anyone who appreciates fine quality wood the feel, the texture, the color, the depth that is present in fine antiques, will appreciate this treasure.







Current Build:






Future Build:

  • BlueJacket - USS Kidd (Fletcher Class Destroyer) Solid Hull
  • BlueJacket - U.S.S. SAMUEL B. ROBERTS, DE413 | Butler-Class Destroyer Escort
  • BlueJacket - 310' Destroyer "The famous "four-piper" of both World Wars"
  • Model Shipways - Pride of Baltimore II (Topsail Schooner) 
  • Model Shipways - Willie L. Bennett (Chesapeake Bay Skipjack)
  • Constructo - Pilar (Ernest Hemingway's Fishing Yacht)  
  • Sergal - Race Horse (Bomb Ketch)
  • Classic Warships - USS Salem CA-139 (Heavy Cruiser) Resin Kit
  • Pen Duick Schooner - Half Hull (Scratch Build)
  • CSA Submarine Hunley (Resin Kit)
  • Classic Warships - USS Washington BB-56 (Battleship) Resin Kit
  • Blue Ridge Models - USS Alaska CB-1 (Resin Kit)


Completed Builds:



Hampton Roads Ship Model Society



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Salvage logging can be an interesting venture.  Back in the early 90's, in my fish habitat restoration days, we used to see many small bridges called "Humboldt crossings"; these consisted of two earth-filled log sills overlain by several log stringers, with the spaces between the stringers also often packed with earth, similar to the bridge in this picture, but usually on a smaller scale.


At that time, old growth logging was being rapidly curtailed, so timber companies were going in and pulling these structures and replacing them with railroad flatcar bridges.  The logs were often still in good condition and the lumber from them was worth thousands of dollars per log, so it made sense economically.


To make this post nautically relevant, much of the wood milled from these forests was shipped from tiny west coast ports aboard wooden schooners and sent to booming southern California coastal areas.

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

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Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix

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