Advice for Wood Aquisition

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Blog entry by robbinscabin posted 04-22-2009 02:04 PM 1173 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last June we had a horrible storm blow in. It knocked our power out for 4 days. During the storm a giant tree was uprooted and fell across our road. I’m not sure of the tree species as I have asked 3 people and got 3 different answers. However, the wood type is not what really interests me. I would love to get a few slices off the bottom of this tree for rustic large coffee tables or outdoor dining tables. But the tree was pushed onto a new neighbors property. He told my hubby at the time that it was going to make good firewood. But it’s been nearly a year and it’s still sitting there. So here’s my question: How do I get my hands on that wood?

While I am a very outgoing person I have a very hard time just stopping in to someone’s house to ask a favor like “can I steal your wood?” I was reading Karson's blog today and realized that I just can’t let this opprotunity pass…

-- Robbinscabin,

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#1 posted 04-22-2009 02:12 PM

Robbin, you have nothing to lose by simply asking. The worst thing your neighbor will do is say no, so you are really not out anything by asking. He may simply be looking for a way to get the tree off his property. As a non-woodworker cutting it up into firewood is probably the only option with which he is familiar.

Keep us posted on the outcome of this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 02:51 PM

HI i say jump in you are not asking for the whole tree and a no isnt the end of the world maybe tell him you will make him something too. brian

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#3 posted 04-22-2009 02:52 PM

Get “Hubby” to ask…...............mind you, women seem to get the answer they want to hear so maybe you should ask?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 04-22-2009 03:56 PM

My Dad always stopped in at any neighborhood house that was doing construction/outside work. He just has a knack for starting conversations. But I just don’t have that nerve. I usually orchestrate “accidental” meetings…like walking the dog while someone is mowing the lawn. I guess my question is what is his incentive to let me take something that technically belongs to him. Although…if the town had pushed it the other direction…aaaahhh well. I like the idea of offering him a gift from the tree. Thanks!

-- Robbinscabin,

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