My wife and I had a free day on Saturday and decided it was time to drive down and meet, “SOCALWOOD”, Aka Rob and visit his lumberyard/sawmill and buy some wood. We packed up the cooler with sodas and left Los Angeles @ 0830 a.m. 2 hours later, in the mountains east of Fallbrook and/or Temecula, we arrived at Tule Peak Lumber Yard, Rob’s hideaway. http://www.tulepeaktimber.com
Man, you cannot believe all the incredible wood we were looking at when we drove in! We pull in and meet Rob and the dogs. Right off the bat, we knew this is one really nice person. We spent 3 hrs walking around, looking at all these rare woods we never heard of and touring his shop, and all we can say is wow! His tools and jigs and thought processes brings wood working as I know it to a new level. His joinery techniques are amazing, not to mention his work with epoxies and dyes were something else.
He would tell us something and while Patty & I were processing that info, he told us 3 more things! It was hard to take it all in. Next time I am taking a note pad, I kid you not. The things he knew or did with wood were amazing. He kept saying he was not a woodworker and just started all this 5 yrs ago. We talked in the truck and Patty and I decided that he was correct. He’s not a woodworker, He is an artist.
He shared some information on some projects of people he has done work with and we both lifted our eyebrows, saying “Really?” For privacy and confidentiality, I would not repeat it out of respect for Rob, but example would be, ( as I don’t think he would mind this ) Mr. Maloof ate on one of the tables Rob had made. To us woodworkers, that would be an honor, to say the least. Never once, did it come across as bragging- this was sharing and being a great host.
For us woodworkers that are not used to buying completely rough lumber, it is a learning experience, to say the least. I’m not a complete rookie but it was somewhat overwhelming at times to have the vision to know what you were looking at or the possibilities of what that board could become. We ended up buying 75 board feet of 5/4 Blue Oak, from the white oak family, for 2 Adirondack chairs I plan to make. It looks like spalted maple- this stuff was amazing and Patty fell in love with it. She said it matches our Prada Gold granite on our outdoor kitchen in the backyard. So needless to say, when Blondie said “I like that!” – I buy it!
If you are looking for lumber and are in Southern California, you need to go here. It is amazing what he has and the prices are half of the lumber stores. Great guy and we had lots of fun visiting.
On the 2nd part of the trip, we visited, “Childress”, Aka Eric http://www.childresswoodworks.com/ We toured his shop-no need to rush home-our dog would be fine & it was great to get outa town for a change. Patty and I spent a couple of killer hours there, talking and looking around his shop. Drank a couple of beers, met his wife & daughter and had such a good time, I think we made them late for dinner plans! Eric and I are too much alike-he said, “I think we’ve got time for one more beer.” Sounded good to me! He does some really great work as well, and I’m sure we will be getting together again soon.
So all in all we had such a great day and we owe it all to this site! Meeting new people and scoring some great wood is a good thing! What else could you ask for! Another beer, perhaps?! Ken
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"