Last month my brother had local Mennonites build a porch around his house and they used what I think is called rough-hewn pine. It is so beautiful.
My brother built a couple bird houses out of some leftover wood and Rick fell in love with the look and had my brother go to the workers’ sawmill and buy us some boards for the as-of-yet unknown projects ($8 Canadian/board).
Today we actually used the wood to make a garbage bin for our back door. It’s rough—just the way I like it. I will probably take some pictures of it next week.
Anyway, that was the “pre-story”. Today we get a call from my brother saying that he was at the sawmill again and they had a 13’ maple log for sale for $300 Canadian. Most of it is about 30 inches wide. My brother wants to split it with us, so we’d have 6.5’ length for $150 Canadian.
That’s a lot of table tops, I’m thinking. Is it a good deal? I have no idea. I can only assume that it is—but more than the wood it is a nice connection with my brother. Although he only lives about 15 minutes away, we really don’t see each other very often. But this woodworking has brought us together. I’ve been at his house more times in the past month than I have in the past 5 years!
Gotta love woodworking and all the opportunities that it brings.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)