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Blog entry by Brodan posted 07-03-2021 03:19 AM 558 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While on a post Covid road trip which included a few days staying at a friends home in West Texas I gathered some mesquite chunks to saw into boards. I don’t have specific plans for it but….

Had access to a saw while here so I milled a couple of pieces. Hard as the dickens!!!

-- Dan, TN



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pottz

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#1 posted 07-03-2021 03:55 AM

NICE!!! hey when some killer wood presents itself it doesn’t matter if you need it, you take it!!!! and figure out what to do with it later.it might be 20 years later.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 07-05-2021 02:16 PM

Pottz- agreed on being opportunistic on the wood capture. Same trip, I noted my interest in a large cedar my son-in-law had taken down in his back yard recently. He’s bringing some selected chunks when they visit TN at the end of the month.

-- Dan, TN

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#3 posted 07-05-2021 02:36 PM

Nice catch!

Where I live, I’ll explore the arroyos after some major rains wash out mesquite “shrubs”. I carry a bow saw so I can liberate usable wood, usually “logs” of 1’-2’ in length and on a good day maybe 6”-8” in diameter.

When driving into Texas to visit my brother, I pass large areas where they are clearing land with bulldozers, Huge piles of mesquite trees to be burned.

It’s always greener on the other side as they say 8^)

They also say one mans trash is anthers treasure. If I could sell muddy river water and roadside trash, I’d be rich!

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#4 posted 07-11-2021 11:57 PM

splintergroup , agree on the one mans trash saying. Rough milled the mesquite I brought home. It’s trash to my friends in Texas but some of it looks pretty nice to me, and the culls/scraps will make good smoke.

-- Dan, TN

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#5 posted 07-12-2021 12:00 AM

oh man i see some gold in that pile.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 07-12-2021 02:13 AM

I agree pottz anto think it was destined for burning

-- Dan, TN

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#7 posted 07-12-2021 02:17 AM



I agree pottz anto think it was destined for burning

- Brodan


that would have been a crime!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 07-12-2021 01:27 PM

Ok Dan, now yer just showing off! 8^)

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#9 posted 07-12-2021 04:58 PM

Splintergroup, as you noted …piles of mesquite that had been cleared, just going to waste. Seems like there would be a commercial opportunity.

-- Dan, TN

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#10 posted 07-12-2021 05:25 PM



Splintergroup, as you noted …piles of mesquite that had been cleared, just going to waste. Seems like there would be a commercial opportunity.

- Brodan

Agreed!

Of course I have piles of dirt and rocks just going to waste, perhaps I should work up a trade for mesquite 8^)

Texas is so freaking big, making a trip for the purpose would be a logistical challenge. Of course I’d like full length boards for other uses.

If someone invents a teleporter for these events, I’d chip in a buck or two for a good sized load!

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#11 posted 07-13-2021 10:06 PM

Brodan, you had to pass by my house in Alabama on the way back from TX. You could at least have dropped of a few chunks of wood.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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