Grab Bag...Or should I say truckload full of goodies!

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Blog entry by childress posted 10-10-2009 07:42 AM 1162 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I met a gentleman last week and we got to talking about wood. Turns out he used to work the wood and “still had some walnut” he says. “If you want it, you can have it” Well, my week went by and today my wife and I had to go down to San Diego, so I decided to give Butch a call. “OKay” he says, “I’ll dig it out from the corner of the garage, oh, and bring a truck, because this won’t all fit into a car trunk, that is if you want it all.”

At first I was thinking that this guy had a little bit of walnut, now, I’m thinking wow, this may be worth my while. As we pull up to his house, I see a blue tarp covering a pile. Still not sure what to expect, and definitely not going to get my hopes up before hand. Butch comes out and says, “well, here you go, I hope you can find some use for it. Been sitting in my garage for 30 years”

The story I got from him is that while working for caltrans, some 30 years ago, he salvaged some parts from a walnut tree and a eucalyptus log that was cut down to make way for a new highway somewhere.

When he pulled the tarp back, I almost fell down. I was completely speechless at seeing what I was seeing. He had put a slab of myrtle on top that was 3” thick 22” wide and 36” long. Underneath all of that was the walnut he was talking about. after going through and organizing everything, he had 3 flitches from the same tree and various other pieces. A book matched pair of eucalyptus logs that will work great for some “bench legs” and 3 small burls.

I guess pictures will say a thousand words, so, here ya go…


-- Childress Woodworks

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#1 posted 10-10-2009 07:45 AM

Great friend fantastic wood

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-10-2009 08:20 AM

Fantastic score! Sometimes all it takes is to strike up a conversation and look where it lead.

Great wood at a great price. He sure was generouse with this fantastic gift to you.

I am sure you will put it to good use. Congrats.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 10-10-2009 12:44 PM

That is a wonderful gift!! Butch is truly a generous person. I can see a lot of potential in that stash of wood.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 10-10-2009 02:07 PM

You aught to buy that old guy and brand new cane or something. Give him a hug or something. Man, what a find. You are one lucky dude. Congratulations.

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

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#5 posted 10-10-2009 03:02 PM

I think you are overlooking the obvious defects in that wood. It cannot be used for anything other than shop heat. If you send it to me, I’ll make sure it’s disposed of properly within EPA guidelines :-)

great score!

P.S. the burls look like manzanita root. If you are a turner, these are gold! If you don’t turn, you should start!

-- Steven

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#6 posted 10-10-2009 04:38 PM

Excellent score ! Congratulations : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 10-10-2009 04:41 PM

wow… excellent score Eric. How come I can never find those hookups LOL.

-- San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 10-10-2009 07:58 PM


-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Lisa Chan

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#9 posted 10-11-2009 01:27 AM

That’s an amazing find. Lucky lookey you!

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#10 posted 10-22-2009 02:23 PM

Incredible. You are my new best friend.

No seriously, I just added you.

I can’t wait to see what those grains inspire you to create.

Great find.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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