Visiting 2 Lumberjocks and Buying some different wood.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 07-11-2010 07:14 PM 6328 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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 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

Rob aka Socalwood &I
My new blue oak at home
Robs handy work
Now this is something my Oak
Picking through board with Ray 75 board feet

Blondie and Rob and doggies

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 07-11-2010 07:22 PM

That is so cool. What a nice story. And a nice way to get more wood.

Paint me jealous,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 07-11-2010 07:24 PM

Sorry about the pics you have to click on them to see them fully. New to Blogging and different how you post them. Will put this in projects for it to be easier.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-11-2010 07:24 PM

Wow, you sound like you had a great day. It sound great to have a wife that would spend a saturday looking at wood with you.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 07:42 PM

I think work is sending me to San Diego this October, it would be incredible to see SoCals place, maybe if I play my cards right I can swing the 3 hr round trip to check it out.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 07:54 PM

Looks like you had a great time Ken. thanks for sharing your visits with us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-11-2010 08:09 PM

I am jealous…very jealous.

Thanks for sharing a great story.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 07-11-2010 09:19 PM

What a great day…first I heard of blue oak. You learn swomething new each day.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#8 posted 07-11-2010 09:49 PM

Ken, this is a nice post. It sounds like everyone had a good time.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 07-11-2010 10:37 PM

Great Story, Ken!! Great People all the way ‘round!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 10:39 PM

Man, that sound like a really great trip!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 07-11-2010 10:42 PM

Ken beside when some have shoptimes with children or have an antic toolgloat
this is one of those things I realy like to hear and makes me smile
is when L Js meet and have some great time together

but sadly I´m still have this darkgreen colour on my face ….can´t help it

thank´s for sharing good to hear when some have fun


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#12 posted 07-11-2010 10:58 PM

A day not to be forgotten..

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#13 posted 07-11-2010 11:10 PM

Ken, My wife and I are still talking about what a great time (far too little) we had with the two of you. You and Patty are welcome over anytime. Wish we lived closer!!! Can’t wait for the next get together…Maybe at your place next time as I would love to see your shop.

I consider myself to be one of the most fortunate people in woodworking because I live so close to Rob. Believe me, if I had the money, he wouldn’t have nearly the inventory he does now….. ;-)

-- Childress Woodworks

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#14 posted 07-11-2010 11:35 PM

Awesome! Someday I will make the hike down to meet Rob and see all the magic.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#15 posted 07-12-2010 12:43 AM

Us too Eric, Gary your name came up during the day really need to meet for a beer and next time I go to Rob’s and Eric’s I’ll call you. I have a big truck in case you don’t. We wont be able to make a dent in Rob’s stock but will have fun and that pocket full of money won’t be with us either. Any Southern California Lumber Jocks ever want to meet for lunch or dinner we would love to meet you.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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