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Blog entry by Rustic posted 09-19-2010 06:11 AM 1245 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to a wedding reception for my wife’s friend at her work tonight. Sitting around a fire talking to this guy and lo and behold he is a lumberjack of sorts. He cuts down trees for a living and said that he would keep his eyes open for some interesting pieces of wood for me. He said that when he finds them he will call me and arrange to pick them up. he said the sizes would be minimum 4 inches wide and around 4ft long. Man I am so geeked about this. I still plan to use my usual resources. I told him that I am always looking for new resources for wood. Now I just need to set aside a place to air dry the wood. Or see if I could use someone’s kiln. This should be an interesting venture.

My wife said that a woodworker could always find someone to talk wood with. I just laughed. But I do have to agree with her.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 04:09 PM

I was talking to a woodworker that makes those huge conference tables. They mill their own wood. He says they cut it, sticker it, let it sit outside for two years, then send it to be kilned. After drying they store it inside. Least that’s what they do…............good score…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 06:24 AM

If you are carving, I would suggest that you try your hand carving some green wood! There is nothing better than working on wet green wood and you will find it lubricates your knives and chisels and makes it just slide through the wood. Dry wood is much harder to carve. If you ever get an opportunity to take lessons with a master carver David Sabol please do it. He lives in Pennsylvania and does travel to teach classes if there is a group willing to work with him over the weekend, Fri evening, all day Sat and till 3 pm Sunday. He specializes in carving with white pine he keeps wet by soaking it in a tub of water. I have taken 3 different classes with David.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 02:58 PM

I’ll keep that in mind thanks for the info Erwin

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 03:27 PM

Rustic, that sounds great. The guy must be very nice and he is doing you a wonderful favor. You ought to think ahead and have something nice to give him as a token. Maybe a little simple box with a little selection of nuts or something. I hope that he ends up bringing you lots of good wood.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 09:49 PM

You are one lucky dog all right.

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

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#6 posted 09-23-2010 05:43 PM

I will pass on my good fortune to whoever would like

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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