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    Default Tap Wood Lumber

    So my wife and I are building a house that we are planning to do some accent walls with wood. So I wanted to reach out to see if anyone knew of, had, or was milling maple tap lumber. I'd love to be able to snag some lumber that had actual character. Thanks for any help.

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    It puzzles me that sawmills devalue tapped maple so much but when you try to buy some tap hole lumber it is priced way up above the same thing in other grades of lumber. It seems many like to make it into novelty items like wall switch covers and the like.
    Good luck finding some. I might suggest you ask the New York State Maple Producers Association, they used it to panel their booth at the NYS Fair grounds.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
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    Awesome. At least thats a starting point.

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    Try searching Taphole Maple for sale and see what you get.
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    Good Luck. There used to be a lumberyard around Bennington, VT that carried it when available. I will see if I can find the name unless someone else knows it off the top of their head
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    Maplewalnut, You are thinking of Eagle Lumber in Stamford Vt. They were south/east of Bennington. They closed sometime after a fire in 2012. Someone purchased the property in 2016 and is operating under the name of H.P. Lumber.
    First introduced to making maple syrup in 1969
    Making syrup every year since 1979
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    About 1300 taps on gravity, vacuum someday
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    Prices sawmill in Lenox, Pa. May be a Kingsley address. I bought some boards from them years back. They like dabbling in odd wood. Good people. Craig...

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    We built our house a couple of years ago (2018-19) with some different wood species from our property, including taphole maple for flooring. The tapholes are filled with fiberglass resin as are all of the imperfections from knots, cracks, and other defects. The reason that mills don't use wood with these character traits is that there is very little market, at least for flooring due to the need to fill the defects. It's a huge amount of extra work and the marketplace has demanded less expensive and quick/easy to install products.

    We are very pleased with the looks of our flooring. We have ash, hickory, and lots of maple, and multiple boards with tapholes. The wood was harvested for our house lot and road. We had a local sawyer come saw and we helped tail the boards. The boards were sent off to a local flooring mill in Bristol, Vermont (http://exclusivelyvermont.com/). We had the approximately 1800 sf professionally installed, sanded, and finished.

    My only regret is that we separated the wood species by rooms except for the master bedroom which was a mix of all woods - and it came out the best! So in hindsight I would have mixed the species throughout the house.

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    Ken & Sherry
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    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
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    Spalted maple with tap hole flooring. It was kiln dried planed and squared 4 sides by Tom Lathrope in Bristol, Vermont.94293752-082C-4385-B5F4-982CF74B5887.jpgC90D8B4C-16E4-432A-A6F5-0CB446DA7C4E.jpg860E4502-B748-491B-BCF7-38A79FDDA31B.jpg

    We also installed a figured cherry floor25000B22-5C9F-4B1E-997E-DD33663C5D63.jpg
    Jason
    Highgate
    30,000 plus Taps
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