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Hello the Community!

I'm looking for some advice on timing as I'm planning my first ever timber framing job. I'm going to build a shed using "Timber Frame Construction" book by Jack Sobon and Roger Schroeder as a guide. Timber I'm going to use is Picea Abies (or Abies but as far as my knowledge goes is spruce is better) as it's what i can source locally. I'm based in south-east of Poland.

The plan is to start work in summer (beginning of July) and my question is when to order the lumber? I'm newbie in the business but study literature and read the best time to cut trees is winter. But I also read that it's best to not have long breaks between each phase of the project: cut tree > mill > do the joinery > raising. So I'm a bit confused - shall I order the lumber now and store it somewhere until summer or shall I order lumber closer to the summer risking it comes from the trees cut in spring?

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.


Best regards,
Krzysztof
 
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My understanding is that the difference in timber quality is pretty minimal.

I cut in spring whenever possible to greatly ease the peeling process.

If I was buying, I hear prices can spike in spring as supplies from the previous fall dwindle and the spring-cut wood is not yet available. This is surely greatly dependent on weather and attendant logging industry timing...
 
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Many thanks Dillon for your reply!
 
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