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Monday, May 30, 2011

Milled Cedar

While we were home we had a friendly, neighboring farmer bring his sawmill over and mill this incredible cedar that we got a couple years ago from a friend of Michael's. It is old growth cedar from his grandpa's farm and it is BEAUTIFUL! We had probably about 15-20 times done what is seen here in the photo and some of the boards were over 30'' wide. It is just too cool. We have plans to make some cedar trunks for the kids, a table and a few other specialty items with the wood. I left a few large chunks to try and carve into wooden bowls. I am excited to experiment with that.
I wish I had taken a photo of what we traded to have the guy do this. We have been out to his farm a few times and it is truly remarkable what they have going on out there. He is super creative and has great ingenuity. Makes things from nothing and is able to fix/repair anything.  We traded an old cement hopper Michael got off of a job that they were going to throw away and an air compressor that didn't work (which the guy knew). And also in exchange, he found someone who wanted to garden my garden while we are gone! So that's be great that she will be using it to grow food for her family and friends. She has a small place down the road on the water with no garden space, so this was ideal for her, and we are happy to have the space being used since the tenants were not interested.
We would love to have our own sawmill someday, and seeing how amazing the wood turned out only encouraged that! The guy is really in to teaching, which I think is great, and so it was also an education in the grains of the wood and the potential uses for it as well.

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