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Blog series by dbkmd updated 11-01-2011 01:04 AM 3 parts 21228 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: See where the trees grow and help those who work there! A win-win!

10-27-2011 02:11 AM by dbkmd | 4 comments »

As an amateur woodworker I am continually amazed at the incredible variety and beauty of the woods we work with. I live next to an old oak forest in Oregon and, while the wood I manage to extract from our fallen trees is hard to work with, I am continually amazed at the rich variety of patterns and colors that I find in its depths. Then, when I make of foray to our local wood supplier a whole new world is presented to me. It’s astounding! I often wonder what my woodworking creations look...

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Part 2: More information - and pictures - on the Amazon trip

10-31-2011 10:06 PM by dbkmd | 1 comment »

I was thinking today (no, not more sanding this time, just thinking) about the project I suggested last week to go to see the processes involved in bringing our exotic hardwoods from the Amazon forests to our workbenches. It occurred to me that some of you may be interested in seeing some of the pictures that I took this summer. They might make it a bit easier to actually visualize what I was talking about. First, though, you may recall that I mentioned that there were snakes and insects i...

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Part 3: Harvesting the Rain Forest

11-01-2011 01:04 AM by dbkmd | 1 comment »

I just got an interesting post-reply to this blog: “I’m sure that was a great trip and I would love to do something like that but I also have to think about the cutting of the rain forest. I hope something was planted in their place.” I agree on all counts! The unfortunate fact remains, though, that these folks, the ones that are doing all the cutting, trimming, sawing, etc., are doing the only thing they know how to do in order to feed their families. They’re ...

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