Well I had some good days this week helping a friend with some of his work on his new house and yesterday hin and I went to a very special saw mill out in the foot hills of Alberta just north of Rocky Mountain House .
SOLAR -DRI Timber Specialties
It’s not far from my place and I had planned a trip there for some time .
The owners Peter and Monika are from Switzerland and both are very dedicated to produce quality custom wood products as per request .
All the wood used is of local origin and cut and dried at their mill and the unique part is that they have a solar kiln
which is powered by sunlight .
My friend had ordered a bunch of pine 1×6 for the deck railing and looking at the quality of the wood I was amazed that it was still available in this country.
While I was there I ask Peter if he ever run into some burl and all he said is follow me and when we got out to the open shed he said will that do .
I was looking at a pine burl still on a chunk of log and said yes that’s what I was looking for .
I ask politely if it could be cut from the log since the load on our truck was over the limit ,sure no problem he said as he grabbed his chainsaw .
Well It was time to pay up for my friends lumber and I ask peter to let me pay separately for the burl and the reply was nothing I just like to give this stuff to guys that will make something nice with it .
All I can say this little mill is a great place to visit and very enjoyable as the owners and staff take all the time to make you feel welcome and time to chat all you want .
On our drive home we took the back way to my buddy’s house and here are a few shots of the beautiful country side with canola crop in full bloom .
What a beautiful country I live in and I just take it for granted and don’t appreciate it enough .
Well all I can add is I am back home and take a look around your area you may be surprised what is out there .
Make some dust and stay safe .
-- Kiefer / It's all about design and innovation