The Mountain Feels Like Talking

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Blog entry by Phil Brown posted 04-25-2007 05:05 PM 784 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back on the road after five and a half years out of the saddle. Big change.

My wife is having a harder time adjusting to the change than I am. I leave at 2:30 in the afternoon and return at 1:30 in the morning. With so much less time in the workshop I find myself having to manage time efficiently and prioritize what is really important to the future of my woodworking business.

I was grumbling a bit about having to supplement my income, but a major disaster to the workshop made me thankful for the trucking.

We’ve had very high winds in this area lately with extreme conditions on Tuesday, April 24th. We went for a walk along the river in the morning and then I set about cleaning up the shop for a few hours before leaving. “Christy’s Casket” came on the tails of two other large commisions, custom bookcases for two local boutiques. The shop was full of sawdust from the back to back production of three large pieces.

I came into the house and cleaned up. As I was getting ready to leave, the wind increased intensely, and my wife called from upstairs to inform me that the roofing material on the west side of the shop had blown completly off. I had five minutes to inspect the damage. The wind was so furious that I couldn’t tarp the roof. There was no rain in the forecast so I went to work.

The rain did come, while I was 150 miles away.

I arrived home in the wee hours to find the whole west half of the shop drenched. The floor is insulated and covered with a recycled computer room floor. I have to remove those heavy tiles and the plywood flooring four feet from the wall and the twenty foot length of the shop.

It will be a while before I can get back into production again. Now I’m thankful that the trucking will provide income and six free daytime hours with weekends off, to work on the shop for the future.

I stop at a truckstop at the edge of my destination city, check the lights and tires, and grab a pop for the final run through the late evening to my trailer switch depot.Tuesday as I was waiting to pull out of my spot a backlog of trucks through the lot held me up. I looked over at the driver next to me and noticed he had his laptop open.

We had exchanged comments so I slid over to my passenger seat and asked him to type in LumberJocks. His refrigerated unit switched on making it hard for us to hear each other, so I got out and put one foot on my step and one on his as we cruised through the LJ site for a few minutes. He said “you’ve got quite a few comments on your mahogany nightlight posted today”. He was quite interested in the site and saved the link, saying that he might comment on projects so I would know it was him.

I was too preoccupied on Tuesday to check the mood of my mountain friend. Wednesday evening was much more peaceful, as I had covered the exposed roof with black paper and wasn’t as worried about more damage, the winds having subsided.

I think my old friend felt like talking. I sensed the ancient monolith ready to share feelings again, blue-brown, looming over the river valley in the soft haze of the late evening. Maybe today it will talk.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#1 posted 04-25-2007 05:33 PM

Sure have a way with words Phil. Sorry to hear of the damage to your shop. At least you got Christy’s project done before this set back. We don’t know why” he” gives us these tribulations, but from experience, thank him. For some reason he does these things for our good. I know it is hard to figure, but it is’nt up to us to figure. Just keep your chin up and keep doing what you know is right and good things will happen. GB Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 04-25-2007 05:47 PM

Like Jockmike says keep the chin up Phil. Sometimes we do not know why things happen as they do. We have to know there is a reason that we will understand one day. As with a kidney transplant I personally had over three years ago now. Why did I have to have a kidney disease at all? I had never really been sick before this! I have been truly blessed with events since I found out about my disease. Take care!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 04-25-2007 05:49 PM

one “reason” was to make sure you had a positive/grateful attitude about going back to trucking. It really did turn out to be a blessing.

Your little “LJ” adventure with a trucker was interesting. You just never know when an interaction will have an impact on people (including one’s self)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 04-25-2007 05:54 PM

I forgot to mention that I talked to Christy last night and she is going for radiation today. She is still here and sharing her faith with lots of inquiring folks, but is failing. Wayne is having a photo shoot done of the casket by an experienced photographer. He hasn’t opened the crate yet. It still sits in his warehouse. He told me last night about the gift of 30 years he’s had with one of the most beautiful women on the planet and that he will have that to hang on to.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#5 posted 04-25-2007 05:57 PM

Jockmike, PanamaJack, Debbie -Wayne said the same thing as yourselves, last night. Thanks so much.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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