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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-02-2015 10:03 PM 1463 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor has had this shed since before we moved in 20 years ago. In the loft I can see these lengths of wood. I have no idea what kind of wood it is, but I’ve never seen then use even one board.

Over the years, the father has died and (sort of) recently his son. No one lives there, but the original owner’s elderly spinster daughter. Her nephew comes by to do the yard work, but doesn’t touch the wood. I sometimes wonder if I should inquire about it in case there’s something good over there. It’s been semi sheltered all this time.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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greg48

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 10:11 PM

Dave,
By all means make contact. The daughter might like to have some income from something that has no appear ant. Alien to her. Besides, there may be more treasures inside that you can find use for or help her dispose of (thinking yard sale here or Craig’s List for example).

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 10:12 PM

How well do you know her? Enough to go knock on her door, or only enough to wave at her as you drive off?

I’d knock on her door and ask about it. Who knows, she may just tell you to take it all. PLUS … there might just be other “treasures” in that shed that she’ll give you just for cleaning it out.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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cebfish

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 10:45 PM

nothing ventured nothing gained. i say go for it

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 11:00 PM


nothing ventured nothing gained. i say go for it

- cebfish

+1 What he said.

Edit: if you get some of the wood, make her a little gift to remember her dad by.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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leafherder

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#5 posted 03-02-2015 11:30 PM

Now would probably be a good time to get it as any pests will be less active (I’m thinking brown recluse spiders, termites, borers, as well as bats, possums, squirrels, rats etc.) And depending on how long the wood has been up there you might find some real treasures (pre-blight Chestnut or Elm). Also could have some nice spalting and weathering. Good luck and keep us posted.

-- Leafherder

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 03-02-2015 11:41 PM



How well do you know her? Enough to go knock on her door, or only enough to wave at her as you drive off?

I d knock on her door and ask about it. Who knows, she may just tell you to take it all. PLUS … there might just be other “treasures” in that shed that she ll give you just for cleaning it out.

- JoeinGa

It’s sort of an odd relationship. We both keep to ourselves. Can’t say we talk much. I’ve been bringing in her mail, putting it on a chair on the enclosed porch for over a year now. Her nephew and I have been trading labor. I shovel her walk all winter and he mows my grass all summer.

I’m not really looking for the whole kit and caboodle. I definitely do not have storage space for a great deal of wood that’s not slated for fairly immediate use. I do wonder though about what the wood was from, is it used, bough new, exotic? I also can’t afford to buy wood without an immediate use. Just dreaming I guess.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 03-02-2015 11:45 PM



Now would probably be a good time to get it as any pests will be less active (I m thinking brown recluse spiders, termites, borers, as well as bats, possums, squirrels, rats etc.) And depending on how long the wood has been up there you might find some real treasures (pre-blight Chestnut or Elm). Also could have some nice spalting and weathering. Good luck and keep us posted.

- leafherder

I’m not worthy of pre-blight chestnut. The print shop where I worked has molding in the store made of American chestnut. The railroads around here were built using American chestnut for ties in the tunnels because of the rot resistance, probably in the mines as well. And now it’s mostly all gone, including most of the railroads and mines.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 03-02-2015 11:52 PM


nothing ventured nothing gained. i say go for it

- cebfish

+1 What he said.

Edit: if you get some of the wood, make her a little gift to remember her dad by.

- MT_Stringer

Trying to think what I would hypothetically make in honor of her father. He was a miner from Hungary, but ran the property next door as a mini homestead. They still kept chickens when we moved in, but they let them die out because everyone was getting too old to care for the farming half of things. He used to love watching us because we were the first owners of our house to actually care for the yard and do things in a couple decades.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 03-03-2015 01:07 AM

It looks to me like that shelf holding all that wood is about to collapse so you would be doing her a favor by taking some weight off that shelf. I would make her a keepsake box (let her choose the size).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mean_Dean

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#10 posted 03-03-2015 01:29 AM

Well, if you’re not absolutely comfortable approaching her, ask the nephew if he would broach the subject with her.

And I agree about making her a keepsake box—she could keep some of her husband’s treasures in it.

-- Dean

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leafherder

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#11 posted 03-03-2015 11:45 PM

A picture/photo frame might also be appreciated, or maybe a small table to hold that mail you take in.

I had some great neighbors who planted a flowering tree between the houses when they moved in (several years before I moved in). They moved away and the new people are lousy with yard work so the tree died – they did nothing about removing it so I cut it down and kept the wood. I will be making some small things to send to the old neighbors who planted the tree – maybe some Christmas ornaments.

-- Leafherder

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Dave Rutan

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#12 posted 04-21-2015 12:39 AM

In case anyone’s still listening, my neighbor’s nephew stopped by to tell me that the plan is to demolish the shed in the photo above. So I asked about the wood and he gave me permission to more or less take anything I want. If only I could convince my wife to allow me to store wood behind the couch and under the bed like the Woodpecker was before he built his new shop.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 04-21-2015 12:41 AM

I knew this would work out for you. Enjoy!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Dave Rutan

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#14 posted 04-21-2015 01:01 AM

I only hope there’s something over there besides pine…

The other day I found some broken piece of furniture along the road. It was oak, but I can only get mostly small lengths out of it. I guess it’ll become a small box eventually.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#15 posted 04-21-2015 03:16 AM

I’ll see if I can scrounge up a picture of a little shelf my wife has. It was made in Hungary (she’s Hungarian on her mother’s side). It is painted, not any kind of clear finish. My wife also likes milk painted stuff, especially if it is distressed. So, I’ll try to post a pic and see if that looks like something you’d like to do in compensation. The painting is pretty involved. I will say that the wood probably isn’t all that great if it has seen that kind of weather for an extended period.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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