Alder wood & Tule Peak Timber

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Blog entry by Kindlingmaker posted 04-28-2009 06:25 PM 3366 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saturday morning MickeyD and I poured a thermos of coffee, made some sandwiches and headed for Tule Peak Timber to buy some fresh alder slabs. The drive was well over three hours long but was well worth the time. Rob Durfos met us as we drove our truck onto his property. His genuine friendliness and excitement about wood instantly led to a tour of the mill where the alder was being cut, the huge stacks of drying woods and his work shop. The clean mountain top air mixed with the heavy scents of cut wood was perfect after the drive there. What an amazing place! Logs piled high waiting their turn at the mill soon to be many thousands of board feet of lumber of every kind. Rob led us from one drying stack to another where the wood grains popped like eye candy and projects flashed through my head. I had not realized how many types of wood there are in California and I think Rob has them all plus. Being used to box store wood that the widths are measured in inches, at Tule Peak Timber they are measured in feet or it sure looked like it! Going through his shop there was a just completed massive multi paneled door, (I would have traded my truck and best dog for), and the longest torsion table I have ever seen. Rob’s enthusiasm and can do attitude for creating beautiful wood work shown everywhere. After three hours of drooling, that seems only minutes, MickeyD and I couldn’t leave without taking home a few more boards of eucalyptus, black oak, sugar pine, Douglas fir, coastal live oak, incense cedar and madrone. Just before we left Rob hoisted up a huge burled round of black oak into the truck for another LJ member to try out on his new lathe with. It was a very enjoyable day at Tule Peak Timber and we are looking forward to going back.

Now the alder is home, anchor sealed and sticker stacked for drying. There is great anticipation for getting it dry and into the shop. To be continued…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 08:27 PM

I have to say that I enjoyed the trip almost as much as Kindlingmaker. Rob was an enthusiast tour guide. The imagination that it takes to see logs taken from raw to finished beautiful projects is wonderful to see. We felt welcomed and I know that we will be back soon. Now for the stacking and drying process….

-- -Willing to try

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 09:28 PM

Sounds like the first time I visted him also. I saw so much that I started to forget about some of the stuff before I even left the property! Truly amazing set up, and an extraordinary gentleman at that. Very Generous and willing to help out fellow woodworkers in any way he can. Thankfully, I only live about 20 minutes from him and I will be visiting this week to get some lumber for a job that he handed to me!....Thanks again Rob.
Oh, kindlingmaker and MickeyD, next time you plan a visit, PM me as I would love to meet a fellow LJ.

-- Childress Woodworks

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