Well, now that everything's quit hurtin' it is, I guess. I spent two days
over Labor Day weekend working in the sawmill at the Rock River Thresheree
near Edgerton WI, taking castoffs and handouts from folks who'd brought in
logs to cut up. I came away with one seven-foot slab of 2x8 walnut, a
couple wider, short slabs of 8/4 walnut, several 4/4 pieces of nicely
figured walnut about 24x24, a couple pieces about 8x8x12 walnut, a couple
pieces of cherry, and I'm pretty sure there's some more walnut in there
that I forgot about. They sure ran a lot of walnut. If I'd brought it all
home in one load I think I'd have overloaded that little pickup.
It was lot of fun. I found out about a lot of muscles I'd forgotten about
since I started riding a desk, I met some pretty neat oldtimers, and I
spent some hours at the best flea market of the year. One Stanley #80
scraper for 15$, a stanley #78 with all the parts for 30$, a couple
spokeshaves that I thought were Stanley but now that the rust is off don't
have any marks, and a Roy Underhill-type hand axe with a curved head for
chopping smooth the face of a piece of split wood. Don't know if I'll ever
use it but I had to have it.
So, a couple hot baths and a little ibuprofen later, I'm thinking it was a
productive weekend. Even SWMBO says there's some beautiful pieces of wood
in there. I keep getting home from work a little too late to get out to
Woodcraft to pick up some end sealer, though.
Haven't gotten around to figuring out where I'm going to stack it for the
next year or so till it dries out either.