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Forum topic by OldWrangler posted 02-20-2014 10:35 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2014 10:35 PM

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I was just taking a break from the shop while glue is setting up on a few things and thought I put a couple of pictures on here. The first 2 red ones are 2 blocks of Flame Box Elder I just won (bought) off Ebay pretty reasonable. This is the redist color I have ever seen in a wood. I have made several boxes with Box Elder that had pink splashes in it but nothing like this. The Blue wood is something I didn’t even know about. It is called Beetle Kill Pine. Some kind of insect like the Ambrosia Beetle gets in and kills a pine, mostly Ponderosa and Lodgepole, and the longer the tree stands dead, the more blue it develops. A supplier I bought some from said there are a million acres with a billion trees standing dead because of this beetle infestation. It is great being able to harvest dead trees and not have to cut down live ones. Mostly it’s being used in flooring and walls but some people are starting to make furniture from it. It is really cheap still and plentiful and I got a bunch coming in. Can’t wait to get into using it. Last picture I was just using up a spare pic download. This is my dog, a unique colored, 5 y/o Border Collie mix who is the smartest dog I have ever had. He obeys commands as well as hand signals. Merlin came from a shelter where he was in line to be destroyed. We rescued him as a foster to find him a home and couldn’t bear to part with him so here he is home. Just a very neat dog and a great example of a fine rescue dog. That’s all, folks!

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 10:41 PM

That’s some amazing wood.

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 11:03 PM

Cool looking wood. Cool dog, too.

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 11:32 PM

That Box Elder is just stunning and beautiful….Thanks for posting the pics…............Wes

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 11:38 PM

Gorgeous wood, and a fine looking companion … I have always thought the mixed breeds were the smartest.

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 01:53 AM

My dog is smarter than most of the people I know and has a much better disposition. My other dog we also rescued and has become my wife’s dog. Poor old guy, he is about 12-14 y/o Red & White Border Collie who is nearly blind. He waits for Merlin to go out and follows the sound. Sometimes he misses the doggie door and walks into the wall. Loud noises scare him because he can’t see what they are. He was a working cattle herder for part of his life and was kicked by too many cows, his jaw is crooked, he has scars from his nose to his ears, a few teeth are missing but he is still loveable and deserves to be loved and care for the rest of his life. He was next in line to be put down at a kill shelter since they figured no one would adopt him. We got there in time to rescue him

Here are some more pictures of the Beetle Kill Blue Pine. The pictures just don’t show the blue. It looks more slate colored. The color around the knots is great. It is a really cheap wood and only a few saw mills are cutting it. Cost of shipping mostly runs about $1 per pound on boards less than 6’ and shipping costs more than the lumber.

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 01:56 AM

looks very cedar-like to me. I really want to breed a greyhound with a doberman to offset the aging and temperament issues.


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#7 posted 02-21-2014 02:10 AM

Would the dog be a Greyberman or a Doberhound? Did you hear they are breeding a Pit Bull with a Collie? They hope to get a dog that after he tears your arm off, he’ll go for help

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