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Forum topic by Kristoffer posted 03-09-2010 04:23 AM 1428 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2010 04:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ash cherry maple walnut mahogany

I posted a blog a couple months ago asking about some lumber prices and ended out getting quite a bit of helpful feedback. Some of the (and probably the most helpful) feedback came from a local LumberJock, Russel. He told me about a lumber yard that is not too far from him and me. He told me about Michigan Hardwoods in Dryden, MI. and that he was going to be heading that way within the week. After a few PMs on LJs trying to figure out a way for us to carpool and realizing that it wasn’t going to work out, we talked a couple times on the phone. After telling him that I had never really worked with anything other than your basic Lowe’s/Home Depot finds, he invited me to his place and said that he would give me a couple of pieces of the good stuff. For the record…... He did mention that once I worked with real woods, I’d be hooked.
Well, the day came and I drove out to his house. We went through a few boards in his basement and we picked a couple out for me to take home. One of them was a piece of black walnut that needed to be sawn and planed. So we went out to his shop and he picked out another piece or two and we milled down the walnut.
I ended out walking away with (actual sizes):
black walnut – 13/16” X 6” X 72”
tiger maple – 7/8” X 7 3/8” X 52 1/4” (The pictures do NOT do it justice)
mahogany – 13/16” X 5 3/8” X 60 1/8” (A VERY BEAUTIFUL PIECE)
ash – 7/8” X 12” X 50”
cherry – 1 1/8” X 7 1/2” X 90”

Here are a few pictures of what Russel was so kind as to give up to a LumberJock in need.






Russel, thank you so, so, so much!!!!!!!!!! I am using the walnut and the maple to make an urn for a couple of my girlfriend’s dogs. I’m excited and worried about how it is going to turn out since I’ve never really worked the nicer woods. Every cut is a heart attack waiting to happen.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 05:34 AM

Wow – wish I had friends like that in my area!!! Nice looking lumber. Now, what are you going to build with it? Russell, you’re a true LJ!


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#2 posted 03-09-2010 05:47 AM

WOW, what a start into woodworking:-) Russel is a true blue LJ, fer sure!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 05:50 AM

You will find that us Michigander’s are a wonderful bunch of people. and helpful too. Just ask Jockmike2

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 06:55 AM

Yeah, Russel is a very good guy. After we plaed around in the shop for a bit and talked about woodworking for a while, we talked about life and related subjects. I’m not going to go into what we talked about, but as far as I’m concerned, the guy has a pretty good head on his shoulders to go along with his generosity. Actually, when I think about the whole picture that was my visit to his place, it’s kind of hard not to hate the cat….. Great lumber everywhere, tools to get the job done (that his wife told him to buy), projects that he has made are lying around the house and looking great, a wise thinker and a fantastic wife. So, yeah, he’s got it all….. I hate ‘em ;-) But I still hope that he shows up to my LumberJocks BBQ on May 8th.
I hope that I didn’t say too much! You’re a great guy, Russel and I’d ratherstay on your good side.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 07:14 AM

Nice looking wood hope you have good luck making things with it.


-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 07:43 AM

great story ,
and a great score .
looking forward to your projects .

russel ,
top drawer buddy .

the best to you ,
and your family .

thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 08:26 PM

Post a blog about May 8th and I am sure that you will get a few more. Details details

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 08:47 PM

That is what this site is all about. One woodworker helping another. Russel, thanks for leading by example. Hope someday, more of us can be in a place to help others like you did and share our love of woodworking. Even the simpliest gestures change lives for the better.

-- Matt -

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 12:33 AM

Thank you. Your words are too kind and I’m looking forward to what you make with the lumber.

-- Working at Woodworking

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