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Blog entry by woodyoda posted 12-12-2008 01:04 AM 1432 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the just beginning stage of making my workshop….after many years of wandering the non-woodworking world. Yes, I have come to my senses, and am coming home. I decided to start doing my projects, with wood saved from the brink of certain destruction. In the area where I live, there are many many orchards…...walnut, almond, peach, cherry, apricot etc, etc. A regular smorges’board’ of woods and root buroughs. And this is the time of pruning, for next year. So I went driving the day before yesterday and discovered a whole orchard that was being taken out. About 50 acres worth of walnut. Many of the trees I couldn’t even get my arms around, laying down, knocked over by giant catapillers, must have been d100’s or something. Any way I went back there today to try to get some root buroughs and the whole orchard was reduced to a pile of sawdust! Not even a twig was left…....thousands of pieces of furniture, bowls, gun stocks, boxes and such. Anyway I drove alittle more and met a nice Pastor William Heinrich, and he had an orchard he had already pulled the walnut root buroughs out and said come by tomorrow and he’ll even load them in the truck for me. A hundred, if I want them, I’ll be there. Soon my projects will be starting.

P.S. I also found a root burough, like I’ve never seen before…about 2 1/2 feet around, seasoned…and I pushed it in my truck with one hand??? I’m going to stablize or plasticise it and I can’t wait to see how this unusual wood turns out. 12/11/08 Steven

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#1 posted 12-12-2008 05:36 AM

Thanks Dave, I checked out you ship’s wheel….very nice work, wish I had a ship to put it on. I’m really thinking about that unusual burough I found, can’t wait to do something with that and get it posted.

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#2 posted 12-12-2008 02:34 PM

I wonder how much wood has been lost to vision-less ignorant savages in the past. No on second thought don’t go there it is way to depressing. I would love to see how that ‘mystery burl’ turns out.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#3 posted 12-12-2008 07:04 PM

Too bad, just way too bad. Makes one want to cry. All that beautiful wood gone. So sad.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 12-18-2008 05:31 AM

Good save. I hate seeing wast like that. I would love to get together with you and do some milling.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 12-18-2008 06:29 AM

Time is of the essence and get the stuff out and get the new stuff planted. The cost to handle all of the wood and to parcel it out would probably cost more than they would realize if they tried to sell it or give it away.

It’s such a shame.

A bowling alley near me was out of business and they were going to remodel the building for offices. They put new floors over the alleys instead of taking them out. It was cheaper for the developer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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