reflecting on my journey & wood

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Blog entry by woodtickgreg posted 01-23-2012 12:20 AM 704 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got a camera for christmas and now I’m able to post my work like the rest of you good folks here. Sorry if I flooded the project section, I had a lot of catching up to do. I also posted some pics of my little basement shop, and I noticed that it was 802 days ago that I joined this forum. Why did it take so long to get a camera? Because when I saved a few bucks up I would spend it on tools, not realizing how important a tool a camera could be. Some of you may have noticed that I don’t buy wood, I’m a treecycler, wood is everywhere and it’s free, you just have to look for it. If I here a chainsaw running I go check it out, might be a tree service taking a tree down, they usually don’t want the big logs and will give them to you and sometimes even deliver them. Time is money for them, they just want to cut it and feed it in a chipper. I have a granberg alaskan chainsaw mill that I have cut thousands of board feet of lumber with, it’s very portable and I can carry right to the log where it lays and mill it which is important for the huge logs that you can’t move without heavy equipment. It paid for itself with the first couple of logs. If I had to buy wood I couldn’t afford to do my hobby. I mention this to inform people and maybe change the ways they think about where wood comes from and how easy it is to get it, all you have to do is supply the labor to move, process and dry the lumber, which for me is as much fun as working the wood and has become a part of the process of wood working. There is something very rewarding about taking a project from tree to finished project, everything that I have posted was done this way except for 1 segmented bowl. I purchased 1 board of blood wood 6’ x 8” x 1” and it cost $65.00, are you kidding me? Our domestic woods are just as beautiful and far less expensive, even free! The money I save from not buying lumber goes towards buying tools to work the wood. Now having said all this, milling wood is very hard work and not for everyone, but for most it’s doable, I’m over fifty years old and I can still do it, just not as fast as I used to. Can’t mill wood or don’t want to? How about pallets, most are hard woods like oak and maple, they are already rough sawn and all you have to do is Pry them apart and pull the nails, they are still green and very wet so they will have to be dried, just sticker them and stack em in a garage or shed. I just scored 2 8’ x 4” x 3” walnut boards from a pallet, I have also seen cherry in pallets, if the pallets are imported who knows what can be found. My point is I have learned that it’s everywhere and free and all woodworking hobbiest should take advantage of this free resource. This blog is not so much about what I have done but what you can do! Think about it? Look at my signature, “without wood there is no wood working, mill it” and I should add find it.

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