The Rebuild #1: Out with the burned, in with the blue

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 01-30-2014 12:20 AM 1496 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First and foremost, as most of you would do, get back to work. The Sawmill survived the fire and I still have a few logs to saw. Luckily my entire stock of dry wood did not burn. I did lose about 75% however. So I have to get more cut and drying. In the couple days before the fire I had cut and stacked about 1500 board feet of wood. Those stacks were the first to burn. So this afternoon I got some cut and will stack in the attached garage.

Right now I am just sawing beetle kill pine. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will get some oak, poplar, elm, cedar and maple sawed. I did lose my entire stock of everything besides beetle kill pine.

Of course tool procurement is also top priority. The extremely necessary tools first while they clean up the mess. Hopefully I can get caught up on my orders and will be able to start the building.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the words of encouragement and suggestions for the new shop. Always up for newIideas.

Thanks for reading

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 12:34 AM

Back in the saddle again. Good for you Monte. At least you don’t have snow on the ground in the amount we do and more coming.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 12:39 AM

Glad to hear you are digging out. I seems that you have a recovery plan and that is the first priority. Good luck on the recovery and rebuilding. Stay busy and before you know it, you will be up and better than before.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 12:41 AM

Have you considered a solar kiln?

Great that the saw mill survived. Hope you have some extra helping hands.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 12:41 AM

Depending on which weather forecast you listen to, I am supposed to get between 1 and 7 inches of snow tonight. That’s why I was moving things into the attached garage.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 12:42 AM

A kiln is still in the future plans. All in due time.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 12:43 AM

Giver hell and you will be back in business soon. Good luck Monte.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#7 posted 01-30-2014 12:46 AM

glad to hear you moving forward,i cant imagine how hard it’d be.hopefully you’ll have your shop up and going soon.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 01-30-2014 12:50 AM

i always love to see sawn wood, and i know you will do it justice, you do beautiful work monte, and im really proud you have kept a good attitude throughout all of this, i cant wait to see what you do for a new shop, i sure would love to see you do some timber frame, with as much work as you do with the logs, you have the tools to cut yourself some great timbers…but im not pressuring you,,,,lol,,,no not me….:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 01-30-2014 12:50 AM

All things happen for a good reason. We just don’t understand the “why” at the time.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 01-30-2014 12:52 AM

Good that you have the ability to replace you lumber with some elbow grease. I guess things could have been worse. I sincerely hope that things go smoothly and quickly for you Monte.

After the couple of wretched weather we’ve had here in Louisiana the past couple of days, I really don’t know how you guys in the Northern areas make it :-) I don’t function well in the cold.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 01-30-2014 12:55 AM

Monte, ya know, the good lord wont put more on us than we can handle, but sometimes his sense of humor and ours aint exactly the same. Glad to see you back to working on the shop. I look forward to following your progress. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 01-30-2014 01:04 AM

You’re a real strong hearted go getter! Glad you have some resources to begin your work on again while things come together.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#13 posted 01-30-2014 01:33 AM

You GO man! Admiration for your resolve doesn’t even begin to convey your courage in the face of this. Very best, and if you ever get down this way (Colorady), maybe we could go to Canon City and get a BLM permit for artisan juniper you could take back and work with. Very best to you.



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#14 posted 01-30-2014 01:34 AM

Can you believe this guy? Me, I’d still be whining about “poor me”. Not Monte. He’s out sawin more lumber!

Hoss, Great first sentence!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 01-30-2014 02:36 AM

Good to see you getting after that wood Monte…’re a real go getter.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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