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