|Review by MarkTheFiddler||posted 07-11-2014 01:14 AM||2536 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
The kids and I just finished an awesome time at Disney world. Tomorrow morning begins the long return trip. I can’t wait to get home. I have 6 beautiful boards in the van. I just want to start staring at them and dreaming.
Today I met a true woodworking master and conservationist. Mr Bob Hughes is keeping old fallen, dead standing and cleared trees out of the landfills. Bob mills the trees on his property and sells them at very low prices.
Bob is working on a beautiful relief and burning project of a Senator tree that met an untimely demise due to the carelessness of a drug addict. The tree was hollow but still strong and full of life when it was used for a Bon fire chimney. Bob found out it was going to be discarded then stepped in to rescue the wood. The state of Florida realized that Bob had the right of it and put the tree up for competitive bid. That was fine with Bob. A piece of this countries natural history was saved for future generations. His relief /wood burning will be featured in a Florida museum.
Bob’s son, Tim, has joined in the business and was out back sawing some wood that dulled the blade with every pass. Even they were a little mystified about the log. As near as they can figure, it is Cuban mahogany.
As for me and my experience as a woodworker, I met someone who I can spend years learning from. He taught me quite a few techniques and showed me boards with stunning figuring. I was in heaven immediately. I said, I’ll take it, I’ll take it, I’ll take it to the boards he was pulling right off the top of his piles. I knew I could never fit all that beautiful lumber in the van so I had to stop. When we figured out the damage it was a grand total of 175 with his 3% add on for credit card. I figure. I’d pay double anywhere else.
Bob spent over an hour with me and gave me a tour of his general store museum. We went back to his home/mill to settle up.
My LJ friends, go see him if you can swing it. He is just a skip and a jump from Daytona beach and an hour from Disney World. He has an unassuming website and actually lists the prices per board foot. Enjoy!
When I get back home, I’ll add photos of my lumber. Until then my friends, start planning your trip.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!