The Rebuild #6: Getting into the swing again

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 03-13-2014 09:02 AM 1790 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: cleaning up, starting up and a few logs Part 6 of The Rebuild series Part 7: Progress sort of »

I will be the first to admit that I have been a little down the last couple months. I knew what I needed to do to get back up and running, but it has been lacking in heart some. I compare it to when I lost my dad. He was my best friend. It took a couple months to get my head focused after his passing.

The first few days is paperwork and meeting people. Busy work. Then I was alone again. Yes I had my LJ friends (who have been nothing short of awesome), my regular job and family. But my place to be happy was my shop. I started to look for equipment and plan for the shop in the attached garage. But I couldn’t actually make anything. I worked temporarily in my brothers shop, but it’s like staying in someone else’s house. You can’t be yourself when you are there.

But now, I have things somewhat organized in my attached garage and I can make things. I am getting the equipment working the way I like. I had minimal amount of lumber on hand. Now the stacks are growing. It brings comfort to know I can walk out and make something. There are still some inconveniences, but I can make them work.

Other topics, my insurance company was great and issued a check immediately. However, the mortgage company had to cosign the check and approve what is done with the money. This obviously isn’t a democracy. It is their decision to keep the entire check and apply it to the mortgage. In other words, I get none of it to rebuild with. Yes, it is a benefit to have the mortgage paid down a significant amount, but it adds to the stress level. However, I built the last building myself, I will build the next one as well.

I would like to thank my family here at LJs. All of you have contributed to my recovery. Some have sent gifts, many have given true moral support. I am getting back to normal and can even make bad jokes again. Life is good.

Thanks to all of you

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 09:35 AM

You will do fine. It will take time to get over and through all the hurdles this has thrown you but…one day at a time, life will go on. You are a survivor.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 10:27 AM

Looks like things are starting to turn in your direction, Monte. Can’t wait to see the new shop go up, and the projects to start rolling out! All the best.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 10:46 AM

You are on your way back up, Monte. Sorry the bank didn’t allow you most of the return for re-equipping and shop construction costs, as that is the loss you suffered. I understand they are the lean holders but they shouldn’t get it all.

As to the logs you are getting now, when sawn and milled how long does beetle kill pine take to dry before it’s usable for you to use in furniture?

Best of luck Monte!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 11:06 AM

I haven’t made anything “Worthwhile” in the past 2 yrs., but thanks to the positive feedback from the good people (including yourself) on the LJ site I can feel my MOJO coming back. I like a punt on the ponies and if I was to make a bet on your good self making a comeback, you would be a banker bet no hesitation.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 11:29 AM

Keep the faith Mr. Pittman, we are all pulling for you

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 03-13-2014 12:04 PM

Yep, what Kaleb said. I’ll add: one step at a time

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 03-13-2014 12:19 PM

Don’t have many words to say. Glad you’re back in saddle. Feel good for LJ community support.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#8 posted 03-13-2014 12:44 PM

Still amazing what you accomplished in such a short time. As long as you’re doing something, then something is getting done.

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

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#9 posted 03-13-2014 01:10 PM

Monte, as I’m sure you’re aware – it isn’t what happens to us that matters. Rather, it’s what we do with that that does. You’re on your way back, and we’re all very glad to see that.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 03-13-2014 01:53 PM

Handtooler, beetle kill pine is a fairly “dry” tree when it is cut. According to the National Forest Service, by the time a pine tree turns brown from the beetles, it has already lost 75% of its moisture. I check everything when it is cut and before it is used. It’s very common to see freshly cut logs show only 15%-18% moisture. In my area, we traditionally have low humidity in my area. So when properly stacked to dry, often within 2-4 weeks it will be at or below 10%. The same size slabs of green cut lumber could take 1-2 years.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 03-13-2014 02:05 PM

A wonderful attitude is everything my friend. Glad you have a great mind set, and you will get back to your dream shop buddy!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 03-13-2014 02:10 PM

“You can’t keep a good man down”

And I know from personal experience that you are a good man!

I’m proud to call you my friend as you constantly inspire me to work on my attitude.

In my opinion, you epitomize what LJ is all about.

Carry on…..

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

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#13 posted 03-13-2014 02:12 PM

Monte, keep your head up. Life will get better, the winter is finally starting to break up here in Montana, and hopefully yours also. This has been a long one for all us northerners. We are all pulling for you. Be safe and carry on. We are waiting to see some more projects from you. I also hope you understand that your posts and help on Lumberjocks are what makes this site so great.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 03-13-2014 03:52 PM

How can it be legally right for the mortgage company to keep your insurance check to reduce your mortgage?
They are messing with your shop rebuilding which in turn affects your ability to build in your shop and make money.

I don’t know all the legal loopholes they write into their contract… but It would seem like all you should be required to do for a legal mortgage contract is make your monthly payments for the time specified in the contract.

Whatever the outcome is Monte, I know you will come out stronger and better in the long run.

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#15 posted 03-13-2014 04:07 PM

Monte, I know what you are talking about. We lost our plant a year and a half ago and I still haven’t recovered from it and now my wife has come down with a serious illness. Even though I completed my shop three months back I haven’t felt like working like I ought to because of worrying about my wife’s illness. I have been doing better for the last three weeks.

You’ll recover , Monte. I just know that you will recover. Just have faith in yourself and keep your chin up.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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