I had forgotten about this walnut lumber fire

walnut lumber fireI had forgotten about this walnut lumber fire

Originally, I was working with these very cool Amish guys up in Ethridge Tennessee.  They began doing the sawmill work.  Then it progressed to debarking the lumber with draw knives, and eventually tried to teach them to build modern furniture.  Well, I this is a reasonable example of this "Amish connection" not working.

I remember driving up to the Amish sawmill, pulling up and seeing stacks of my lumber near a big fire pit.  I walked closer to see that a lot of the lumber was smoldering, with black totally charred evidence throughout the stack of lumber.

But the really cool thing is, now years later with it all dry and out of the kiln, that I'm hoping that the "evidence" of the history of this lumber - fire and all - might just make it to a few finished pieces.  Within the next few weeks, I'm hoping to work on a few of these "charred" walnut slabs to see just what becomes of them.

I had forgotten about this walnut lumber fire

Robin Wade