Another Visit to Socalwood's Tulepeak timber....All I can say is I'm speachless, once again

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Blog entry by childress posted 07-04-2010 01:42 AM 2614 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I called Rob up a few day’s ago and asked if I can come up on Sat. to flatten some butcher blocks with his wide belt sander, and I get a his typical “Sure, come on up, we’ll help you out” response. Every time I need some help with larger projects, him and his crew (who is Ray, and his pack of dogs) are always willing to help out. No questions asked, just “come on up”. As usual, I’m greeted with his friendly family (sorry Rob, don’t know their names) with some very loud barks, which to a first time visitor, could be very scary. But I know by now, these are friendly hello’s from all the animals. As I get out of my truck, I’m bombarded with wet noses and licks to the legs. Obviously, I can’t get far until I return the hello and thank my welcoming by scratching and petting my way out of the pack.

Now on to some business. So I bring my blocks into the shop and Ray comes in and gets to business flattening them, which takes about an hour (check out the post I’m about to put up in the projects). Everything these guys do, is laden with precision and detail. So, as you can imagine, my blocks are in ship shape, perfectly flat on both sides and look great. His 37” wide oscillating belt sander is the best thing I’ve ever seen, I want one so bad!! After all is said and done, Rob takes me through his grounds, once again, showing me all the “slabs” and “specimens” he and Ray have been milling. Shit, he even had a stack of doug fir beams (must of been at least 4X12’s) that had to have been 50 ft. long (or longer), one solid piece, at least 15 or so. I’ve never seen any beam THAT long, let alone a whole stack…. Ok So now I’m just trying to keep up with Rob while he’s going over everything he has, showing me this, and that. To him, it’s nothing, to me, it’s more than I can even imagine. In my whole career as a woodworker, I’ve maybe gone through a couple thousand bd ft. of material through my tiny little shop, and here Rob is telling me about the 10,000 bd ft. of material that he goes through in one year that is waste, cut offs and fire wood as we look at this mound of a pile. All I can do is shake my head. DID I MENTION THAT THE 10,000 BD FT. IS ONLY THE WASTE AND FIREWOOD!!!

As I’m getting ready to leave, I’m talking more business with Rob and was bouncing my ideas off of him and he says “here, take this and play around with it, oh, take this too” as he hands me a couple nice pieces of lumber, one is blue oak while the other is sycamore. Man, I didn’t even come up here for lumber, but nonetheless, Rob is more than willing to give and help out this tiny little woodworker. Most people wouldn’t even want to waste their time with someone like me, they usually have better things to do…Not Rob, what a guy. So we’re getting closer to my truck and I remember I wanted to see if he had any “small” cutoffs of any burls or nicely figured wood that I can make some boxes out of or something. He looks down at some claro walnut roots and say’s “what about this”. As I look at it and all of his machinery, I think, yeah I guess this is small for him, but it’s way too big for any of my tools. As I try to decline it nicely because I really wouldn’t be able to do anything with it except stare at it, he yells across the yard “Hey Ray, can you come up here with a chain saw”. Of course Ray doesn’t hesitate at all and brings up a 36” chain saw and starts going to town on this root. After it’s cut up into little blocks Rob brings it inside and puts some nice straight edges on the pieces for me so I can resaw them at my shop and also takes one block and resaws it right there into 5/8” pieces. Of course during this time I hardly take any pics but there is a few I can share with you…..

This is Rob resawing one of the Claro Walnut root blocks for me

Here is a pic of the walnut that they cut up

Here is the sycamore (left) and blue oak (right) that Rob gave me.

and of course the big block that Ray sanded flat for me with the belt sander in view

Thanks again Rob for everything. Everytime I come to visit you are more than generous with your offerings and always willing to help in any way. Anyone local to southern Cal, visiting Tulepeak timber is a MUST if you haven’t already done so….

-- Childress Woodworks

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 04:19 AM

Yeah that spot is great… I think i may have the sister peice of that sycamore …Beautifull wood…Rob let me know when some sycamoere slabs are available..Greg

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 07:04 AM

Always great to hear when LJ’s get to help each other out. What a guy, Rob.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 08:13 AM

I was wondering where all the nice people disappeared to, then I found LJ and there they were.

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 09:21 AM

Nice set up and lucky you have access.. nice of Rob..seems a lot of this goes on at LJs and we only hear about a little of it…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 11:01 AM

Lucky you Eric, I wish I had a “Rob” close by.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 05:23 PM

i know i wrote here earlier ?
something happened to my internet this morning ,
maybe it got lot ?

any way ,
great good fortune in this for you ,
i too look forward to visiting with rob ,
quite the guy ,
we are all so fortunate to know him here .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 07-04-2010 05:38 PM

This something my wife and I look so fwd too you can not believe… Going to visit and buy some wood from Rob has us somewhat intimidated to say the least. Everyone says how nice he is & I agree after chatting on e mail with him. We just do wood working as a hobby and sell a cpl of projects to Friends and family. But the chance to learn and meet someone like this excites us. We are close to working out free time to drive down from Los Angeles to meet him and his doggies. We were at a party yesterday talking woodworking to a friend and I mentioned Rob and his work with forrest fire lumber, he was excited and replied if you have room in your truck I would be excited to go as well. I really love this site! Good luck!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-04-2010 06:43 PM

Great story. From my experience woodworkers are generally very kind and helpful people, but for someone like Rob to take time away from his business to lend a helping and and use his machines to do it really speaks well for his character. It’s nice to hear about someone who doesn’t think the bottom line is the only important thing in this world.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 04:28 AM

Sure am glad I joined this site!! 3fingerPat lives a few blocks from me and he knows ROB and visits Tule Peak Wood.
Cool stuff! When ya gonna come and show of some o that burl tome?? And check out my teensy shop??

-- Don in Mountain City. Texas

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#10 posted 07-31-2010 04:38 AM

you commented on my newest project i never said in the description that i finished the cabinet with 3 coats of stain 3 coats of poly 3 coats of wax all in 3 days i said i made the cabinet in 3 days it took me a additional week to apply the finish so to clear things up the cabinet took me 3 days to make and a full week to apply the finish

-- eric underwood

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#11 posted 07-31-2010 04:42 AM

very cool!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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