Hi fellow LJer’s, I bought some wood today. I thought it might be interesting (for me at least) to show you what $200 (Nkr.1,400) buys you here in Norway. I wonder how that compares to what can be purchased for the same amount in the U.S.A. or the equivalent in Canadian dollars? As you can see, I also bought a 4 pk of Rockler Bench Cookies.
The red bits are about 9,85 bdft of Mahogany, The long white piece is 0,44 bdft. of Sycamore, and lastly 1,77 bdft. block of mystery wood which is pictured in more detail below.
The store had it in their inventory as Ash. I’ve never seen Ash that color, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The grain certainly looks like Ash. Can anyone confirm that for me? It’s not a test, just an honest question.
And finally the last photo showing my white wood back-up which is all Birch firewood, some of it is usable for projects. This Birch comes from Lithuania, and it’s quite dry. All of this will be gone by the end of March and possibly more bought in if we have as long and cold a winter as we had last year. This is our main source of heating supplemented with floor cables in a few other rooms.
The Mahogany, Sycamore and mystery wood is going to be used to make Christmas gifts for the family. I will also be using a nice piece of Hairy Oak sent to me almost 1-1/2 years ago by Degoose aka ‘Lazy Larry’. I’ve never acknowledged this gift on LJ, thinking that it would soon be used in a project where I would give credit due, unfortunately this hasn’t happened so far. SO, a very belated THANK YOU LARRY FOR THE WONDERFUL AND GENEROUS GIFT SENT ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA TO NORWAY!!. I want to make something special out of this wood, and it has taken me all this time to come up with something.
Well, I guess you folks are getting geared up for Halloween. It hasn’t been recognized here until the last few years. We usually get about 3 or 4 visits by some scary little critters demanding treats, which we have on hand just in case. I fondly remember tick or treating as a kid and all the great home made treats kindly folks in the neighborhood made for us. A form of handwork and craft that while transient, still lasts a long time in our hearts and memories. Have a good Halloween everyone!!
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.