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Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory! #1: You will not believe this... I would have to provide pictures, Most will think this is fiction!

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Blog entry by Drew1House posted 03-22-2007 04:27 PM 1059 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was very excited abotu getting some Maple raw and going through the process of sawing it and then stacking and tarping it for a year and then making furniture out of what I had cut from a tree… the entire process has been a kind of dream of mine for years and then a fellow LumberJock posts that he has some maple trees we could pick up… I was very excited and had been planning to pick up a couple of trailers full… I have a buddy who was game for the drive with another trailer and truck and we calculated several times the costs and then we thought… We better talk to our other buddy who forgot more about woodworking last months than I know.

So we went over to his house… He is an owner of TimberlineTools.com and he said guys I can get the really good stuff for you (totally clear Maple both sides) all we want for $3.09. But then we got talking some more and we go to church together and stuff and he walked us out to a container he has out back and opens it up and it is absoultley filled to the top with highly figured hard maple. Spalted, Birdseyes you name it. They like that stuff and get it after it has been culled once for the perfectly clear stuff by a huge kitchen cabinet molding shop and then before Timberline sells any he picks through it again. The figured stuff he says he normally can get $9 for but the stuff he pulled out of probably 90 containers full in the past 10 years he says he could sell all of it for pen blanks it is so pretty at $20 per foot.

Then he says… Drew take whatever you want as long as it is just for your personal use… So… I think I will leave your trees for the other Jocks. I hope someone else takes them so they do not go to waste.

You guys have never seen such pretty wood in your lives. I will never ever tell any of you where he lives but it is close to my house. The thing is … On container is figured maple. One is rare and stunning tropical exotics and one he would not even show us… Yet… he says… See if any of you ever had a notion to become a criminal… This is more tempting than his store full of Powermatic, Jet and Delta cabnetmaking grade tools… (Interestingly enough all the containers are wirelessly on his alarm system which would call the police if the doors open without the alarm being off…) yet most have no idea of the value and no one really knows it is there.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah



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Paul

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#1 posted 03-22-2007 04:32 PM

Sounds like a wonderful experience! Good for you!

-- Paul, Texas

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Drew1House

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#2 posted 03-22-2007 04:37 PM

I could do an entire kitchen out of birdseye that matched… it is that crazy… I was floored.

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Obi

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#3 posted 03-22-2007 04:55 PM

Drew… most thieves do NOT steal lumber. It’s too hard to hide in their pockets and the trunks of their cars.

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#4 posted 03-22-2007 05:02 PM

I have a confession…. I stole a log from my parents house last night. It’s small (24” long x 18” diameter), but I’m going to cut it up and see what I find. It’s a maple tree that my dad cut down and didn’t tell me about. I got over there last night and most of it had already been taken by a friend of the family for firewood. It didn’t fit in my pocket, but I was able to get it in the trunk of my car.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#5 posted 03-22-2007 05:03 PM

and I thought you were inspired before!! You are “wired for sound” now!! hehehe

get building Mr. ... get building!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 03-22-2007 05:17 PM

What a great find Drew. I wish I had neighbors around like that.

I forsee you leaving Real Estate soon and becoming a full time woodworker.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#7 posted 03-22-2007 05:28 PM

I am not that good at it… Just a beginner… and frankly… I would have to be amaizing as a woodworker to be able to do what I can selling homes… I think I could get there after about 7 years… So… when I retire from this in 10 years… perhapse I will get into it as a second career…

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Bill

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#8 posted 03-22-2007 05:30 PM

Well send me the lumber and let me get started. This is now my second career. I may be able to make some items for the homes you want to sell.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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jpw1995

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#9 posted 03-22-2007 05:33 PM

Just a beginner and building a shop like that? I thought I jumped in with both feet, but man, youv’e got me beat.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#10 posted 03-22-2007 05:35 PM

Drew,

I believe this is the same as Timberline Woodworkers Supply, correct?? Think you could hook up a fellow Utahan to a deal like that? hahahahaha it would be nice though…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Bill

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#11 posted 03-22-2007 05:38 PM

I am thinking Drew can hire me to make furniiture with that great wood and use his shop as well. I will help work out the bugs in the shop, the placement of tools, etc. hahaha

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#12 posted 03-22-2007 05:38 PM

Yup… same guy…

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#13 posted 03-22-2007 05:48 PM

Oh man and I am going to be driving right by there tomorrow on my way down to Delta…. and again on Saturday on my way back!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Drew1House

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#14 posted 03-22-2007 06:43 PM

Well Max… I am sure his wood (His personal stash) is his… however if you let me know when you are going to stop by and want me to put in a good word for a buddy for a tool or something… let me know… It actually may make a difference for you. You won’t believe the deals he has given me on used equipment. I got a dewalt 13 inch 735 planer with sharp knives for $250. (It is still in the shop so just realize that one is MINE)

Drew

P.S. One of my best buddies is from Delta, are you? Do you know the Lovells?

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#15 posted 03-22-2007 07:09 PM

I think that you’re on the right track to eventually being able to do something with deals like Schroeder’s trees: Part of being better at woodworking isn’t just the technical skill, it’s also building those social connections so that we know who to turn to for help when we get in over our heads, and who to share with when we come into useful materials.

Had I, for instance, taken the time to strike up a conversation with the guy I see occasionally down at our local general store who has a portable mill, I may have had a better idea of what to do with those trees. So next time I see his truck parked in the neighborhood I have that much more incentive to get out and say “hi” to a neighbor.

Thanks for the reminder and the kick in the butt.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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