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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 05-16-2010 10:49 AM 1281 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys – Greetings from the Democratic Republic of Congo

I am firmly ensconced in my tent and I have semi-reliable internet access. I have a ton of work to do even though Sunday is our off-day. Ah well, at least I have a few hours to catch up on all the projects, blogs and advice going on here. I’m glad I can be a lurker and stay in touch with you all, and enjoy the works displayed on this site.

Hopefully all my ShopSmith spares will also have arrived by the time I get home, & I am looking forward to finishing the restoration. In the meantime I’ll be checking up periodically on the happenings on LJ’s and being jealous of you that are in your workshops. Enjoy

Cheers from the heart of Darkest Africa.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.



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patron

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 11:00 AM

glad the two of you are safe and sound ,

over there zack .

good to hear from you .

any good wood to drag home from there ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Cher

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 03:52 PM

Hi Paul glad to hear from you. I hear some of the best woods come from Africa, I hope you get time to scout out some and be able to bring it back with you.
Regards
Cher

-- When you know better you do better.

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Div

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 10:38 PM

Hey Zululander! I wonder what it is you do there! Be sure to organize a container of wood. There is a good market down here in SA, I promise. (If you can get yourself to part with it!)
Look after yourself.
DIV

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 05-17-2010 05:34 AM

Becareful out there

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-17-2010 05:42 AM

Lucky guy! Enjoy your time there.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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PG_Zac

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#6 posted 05-18-2010 05:43 PM

It’s heartbreaking to see how wood is abused in the DRC.

Out in the rural areas (almost the whole country) trees are mostly just a source of heating fuel. We sometimes buy waist-high bags of charcoal for a braai (barbeque for those who don’t speak South African) and very often the charcoal is made from teak or mahogany. These bags usually cost $2.

! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Sacrilege

I would love to bring some of this wood home, but there are a few things standing in my way:
1. I don’t want to teach the locals to strip the trees for export – the country already has destroyed more forest than it should have. If they catch on that there is money in wood export, there will be nothing preventing an ecological disaster.
2. The corruption here is rife, and I stand a chance of either being arrested, or facing huge bribery costs, or both. Not worth it.

On each new job I take in the DRC, I offer the company my services to run a woodworking training school after hours if they are prepared to decently equip a training center. So far, none of them have taken me up on the offer. In a few weeks, after I am settled here, I’ll make the offer to the new company & we’ll see what happens.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#7 posted 05-19-2010 02:25 AM

good points paul ,

and it is to bad what is happening to the forrests .

no thought for the future ,
just the almighty buck !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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