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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 11-23-2006 06:11 AM 782 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been reading “The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking” By James Krenov. The first portion of the book is a essay on wood. It is about an attitude we have toward wood. The care we take obtaining curing and milling lumber. I’m relating to his collecting Cocobolo, Indian Laurel, flitch-cut Pearwood and something called Incensio. The special care he takes drying and storing his wood. The art of resawing logs. The spirit of being a true craftsman.
I’m reflecting on this as I grab a few loads of “reclaimed pine” for my latest project a small cabinet on legs that might kind look a little like one of James, maybe, a little bit. These boards I salvaged from an old bull pen I knocked down when I moved onto my property. For thirty years these boards have been curing in Idaho winters and summers. Lichen and moss call them home. I just brush off the hibernating flies and bring them inside to defrost. (Glad the rain washed away the bull sh*t) I’m wishing they were Andaman Padouk as I run them through my planer. But the beauty coming out of my planer is all pine! I feel the thrill! This wood will bring to life my cabinet…and me I get to smell it, touch it, and see it come to life! Pine just got to love it. I checked with my commercial supplier he dosn’t even carry Padouk. Who needs it anyway…but still I dream.

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