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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 08-17-2015 05:53 PM 763 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Clarkie

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08-17-2015 05:53 PM

Hello, just thinking of the great days spent going with my father to the lumber yard on Saturday mornings. We’d see all the guys from the neighborhood there, everyone seemed to be in a good mood and laughing and talking. The men who worked there were more like old friends instead of strangers, asking so and so if they finished that swingset yet, or how that window turned out. Seemed like the men were always looking forward to getting the weekend off to finish one task or another. Nice to think back to a much friendlier time of life, just taking a mental vacation of sorts. Also the neighborhood kids, atleast my neighborhood would go to the lumber yard on Sundays because the business was closed and we would climb on the stacks of 2×4’s or climb on the train cars that were to be unloaded come Monday morning. Then you could climb up on the top roof outside where they milled the stock, jump off the roof right into the pile of sawdust. I guess back then there was no need for a playground, we made our own stuff to do. Take care and enjoy the work ahead of you.


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#1 posted 08-19-2015 06:13 PM

That had to be before liability issues. I also remember when you could walk into a garage where your car was up on the lift or into a woodworking shop. Today liability prevents us from those liberties.

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#2 posted 08-19-2015 06:32 PM

One of the main reasons for this post at the beginning was to alert people to the fact that you never have to settle for less. By some posts it seems the word “cheap” makes anything ok, I buy quality and that doesn’t mean necessarily high priced. Quality goods will always be worth the amount when reputable. Also by doing research, ie., how the company performs and stands behind their products is always a factor, and shouldn’t have to be a considered mistake on the behalf of the customer once they have the product in their hands and find it is poorly represented.

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#3 posted 08-19-2015 06:34 PM

Previous post was for another forum, my apologies.

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#4 posted 08-19-2015 06:38 PM

Yes, it was from a simpler time when people actually got along so much better and neighborhoods worked side by side. People sat on their front porches and waited to see a friend walk by, and answered their own phones and had no need for a recorded message. Men wore work clothes that showed what their profession was, carpenter had his red overalls, milkmen had the blue stripes, times when men carried their lunches in pails and walked to work. This may seem far fetched but, I remember men carrying ladders to a work site, many years ago, if you were lucky the boss would let you take the truck. Alas, look how far we have come, hahah.

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#5 posted 08-19-2015 06:57 PM

Yes, those days are largely gone, but not completely. I get as much stuff as I can from our local lumberyard. I’ve been going there since I built my house 15 years ago and got everything but my logs there. My dad worked there as a young man 50 years ago. It’s still owned by the same family. Everyone there knows my name and have for 15 years. As soon as I walk in the door I hear, hey Bill. One of my childhood friends works there and we have a good chat every time I go in there and I doubt he gets chastised for talking too long. These places still exist, but many people don’t seek them out and that’s why they are disappearing. A friend was building a deck and lament how much HD was charging for delivery. I said, did you call Hopson Lumber? He said where’s that? Mind you, he lives in this town. He called them, got better prices and free delivery.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 08-20-2015 05:45 PM

These places still exist out in Rural America far from the big box stores.

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#7 posted 08-20-2015 06:25 PM

MrRon, good to know. Years ago, well 24yrs, my wife and I were travelling and she spotted an old hardware store. She said why don’t you stop and go look in the store, maybe they have old tools, I said no, by this time all the old tools have been sold or picked by someone. Well after maybe 2 years of driving by, we stopped. What a pleasure that was, they had been there for over 70 years, and the store had the old displays and cases made of oak, rounded top glass for the display cases. In one of the displays there were a gross of old Stanley level vials, packed in sawdust and wooden box. Then I spotted an old Stanley machinist’s level, 9 inches long in a wooden box with straw for protection. There was a sign, it read, “This level was ordered for (gave the guy’s name) and the cheap %#^@ never picked it up. lol. I asked if this was for sale, the old guy said if you’ll pay full price for it, I said yes, it was 31.00, plus the level bubbles and a few other things. I always stop at every old hardware store we see, if it’s open.

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#8 posted 08-20-2015 07:17 PM

35 years ago, I worked in an old lumberyard that had been around since the 1920’s. Even back then, it was like taking a step back in time. I really share those fond memories you expressed.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 08-20-2015 08:22 PM

Hey Charlie, Charlie M. “Woodworking – patience = firewood”....reminded me of my old shop, all the mistakes went into the WW2 pot bellied stove I had.

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