Last June, I made a trip to the city (Nanaimo). The guys from "Woodmiser" (portable bandsaw mills) were setting up a demonstration in the corner of the mall parking lot. Being the inquisitive fellow I am, I went poking around, asking questions, examined the logs to be milled, etc. Mostly cedar, fir, a little pine and a few alder logs. Then I spotted the maple. I stayed overnight so I could be there first thing in the morning when they started the demo.
To make a long story (not easy for me :) ) they were willing to sell it for $1/BF. Good price, right? Buy the time we finished scaling the maple (2 logs worth of 1X4,1X5 and 1X6) there was over 150BF in the pile. I only had $115 in my pocket. OK, that'l do, load it up and take it away. It worked out to about .76 (cents Cdn) / BF, or .46 cent US. Un-B-lievable! And a good portion of the load is quarter sawn. Other than that, hardwood around here is very expensive.
Now, I just have to wait for it to dry...maybe by next summer I'll be able to use it.
Do you have any plans for that lovely maple? I am getting some 2 1/4-2 1/2" thick stuff in the morning to start making a "proper" woodworking bench with. My son has seen the armoire plan in Wood magazine and wants to do that next in maple and cherry. But since he has no money he will have to wait a bit...