The family was getting together at my grandmother's house this weekend.
While driving through the small town she lives in, Dad spotted a two ton
truck sitting in front of one of the stores downtown with T & G pine floor
boards tossed in back. Old growth, tight growth rings and almost no knots.
He stopped to ask the guy who was tossing the boards into the truck what he
was doing with the wood. Tossing it into a pile out in the country and
burning it. I almost cried. Dad asked the guy what he'd take for the whole
lot. $40 and two pickup loads later, the wood was stacked up at Dad's
Good catch. Amazing how people throw away the most desirable stuff.
Friend of mine hunts down old tobacco shacks and uses the drying sticks in
his craft business. Owner permitting he'll take the wood off the sides of
the shacks, too. Owners seem to think he is kidding, they wouldn't even be
bothered taking them down, never mind burning them.
We've got three tobacco barns on my grandmothers farm and a stick shed (
full of tobacco sticks ). One of the barns is made of heart pine, the other
two are poplar and gum. Dad and I are planning on taking the tin off the
pine one then taking it apart. Maybe give the poplar one a shot too. The
other one will probably be fire wood. From what I've seen with some boards,
60+ yr old gum boards, aren't real easy to work
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