I am reposting in general as I goofed and posted this in hand tools. Sorry!
Good morning, I realize this is rather spurious but I’ll give it a shot. First of all I live in Wyoming… we don’t have a lot of trees and the ones we do are pine or aspen especially where I live. You have to travel over 100 miles just to get to a big box store. Anyway I’m building a bar and want to do the face frames and doors in butternut. Butternut because I hope to try carving something in the doors. I have a friend going to Minnesota and he can pick me up 50 board ft of 8×4 and 50 bdft of 4×4 butternut for $6 a board ft. I read somewhere butternut was going to become extinct. This wood is sight unseen, rough cut, 5-6 inch widths, 4-6 ft lengths. Am I crazy? Is this a valid price based on what I could tell you? I will have to buy a planer. I have been carving awhile and worked with butternut. Someone told me the best way to learn how to buy would is to just jump in. I would at least not have to pay freight. Appreciate any thoughts on this.