Unless you have been under a rock, you know there are fires burning throughout the west. I can sit on my porch and smell the smoke and see it in the air. It is sad to see all of the losses that are more devestating than just some board feet of lumber, like lives, homes, and businesses. But, being a woodworker, I am sad over the lumber as well. I have had the opportunity to live throughout the US. I have experienced natural disasters including floods, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornados, and earthquakes. There are no positives to the destruction of the people’s lives and the vegitation. The one upside for local woodworkers is the wood is not destroyed. Trees and building lumber can be salvaged and turned into useable lumber. I have been able to use a chainsaw to help clean up a mess and I get paid with a “thank you” and all the wood I can haul away. I try to use some of it to build something for the family that lost the tree as a way for me to give them something back. Granted, it is a very thin silver lining, but at least something is useable. With fire, that is usually not the case. A bummer all the way around.
-- Darren... Hmmmm, I got nothin.