Tim Marko pointed me toward a local sawyer so I could get more hardwood for less money, and boy, did he send me to the right guy!
Fritz Hannaman lives about 10 miles from my house, out on a little country road outside of Mansfield, Texas. I picked up all the wood you see in the back of my truck for $43. He even threw in a bunch of black walnut off-cuts I can use to make candle holders or parts for pretty much anything, and didn’t charge a dime for them. He said he was going to use them for kindling. And he had some turned off-cuts I can use to make some tall, round candle holders.
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