A few weeks ago, my neighbor’s son was visiting his parents. He saw me working in my shop, and came over and introduced himself. He was admiring my shop tools and asked me if I would like some wood. He told me that he works at a sawmill in Vancouver and they often have leftover cut-offs from large orders. He said that they mill mostly cedar, so I asked him if he had some small pieces of yellow cedar (as I mostly make small projects). He said he could get me some. Well, this afternoon I was in the house, and my doorbell rang. I went to the door and there he was. He asked me if he could back his van up to my shop door. I said “What have you got?”. He replied. “Yellow cedar, like I promised you”. When he opened up the back of his van, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The photo shows what he unloaded into my shop. It is all VG ‘clear’ yellow cedar, all in 6 ft. lengths. 2×8’s, 2×6’s, 2×4’s and 2×2’s…. and not a single knot anywhere. I offered to pay him something, but he wouldn’t accept a penny. I guess I’ll have to try and make a special project for him to show my appreciation. I feel fortunate to live in such a great neighborhood with great neighbors. We always help each other doing things for each other and that’s what makes it a great community to live in. Anyways, I have to put my ‘Thinking Cap’ on now and decide what to make. By the way, that sawdust on the floor is Brazilian Cherry which I had just finished planing prior to his arrival.
-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.