Got a bidness trip to the area starting on Sunday.
They told me it was near Dollywood.
I asked if I could get room 44-DD.
So far, no response.
Regards, Tom Watson
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
You'll be close to the Smokies. If you want a view take the short
hike up to Clingman's Dome (asphalt path). You'll see lots of dead
pine trees, destroyed by the Southern Pine beetle. There's a
Black-and-Decker Outlet store in Gatlinburg, where they sell
reconditioned tools. Tennessee has the highest state sales tax in the
My sister lives near Knoxville, and she knows a guy who works at a
piano factory in that area. I've never seen a piano factory, but if
they have tours, it would seem that that would be a worthwhile side
I'll post the particulars tonight (after I find them out from my sis).
P.S. They use walnut in those pianos, and anything that's not, uh,
whatever the highest grade of lumber is, they throw away (or give to
employees). Talk about dumpster diving, huh?
Doesn't it kill ya? You'd be head first in that dumpster daily if you were
I've seen chair frame manufacturers who would dump a pick-up load of cut-offs
onto anyone's P-U for a munificent 6 bucks. But that was years ago. Now, they
grind up all that mahogany, cherry, walnut, poplar, oak and other junk wood
and...pelletize and heat the factory.
It really, really hurts.
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance
of being right." Thomas Paine
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