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In October of 1992 I purchased five old-growth (real) white pine logs from a local logger. I had them sawn 5/4 in my field and stickered them carefully. The boards were sixteen feet long and many were 30 inches wide (max 33 inches)... NO KNOTS fore and aft. I air-dried them… and they were all bone-dry. They rang like a bell when you rapped them with your knuckles. Well… this led to one of the saddest days of my woodworking life… they all burned-up in the fire that consumed the pole barn I built… the Fire Marshal said it was the fourth hottest fire he had ever put out…
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GARodgers

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#1 posted 01-09-2022 05:38 PM

Some things are irreplaceable. :-(

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#2 posted 01-09-2022 09:34 PM

Condolences for the projects that could have been.

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#3 posted 01-09-2022 09:48 PM

I am so sorry about that.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-10-2022 12:38 AM

Auuuuchhhhh.
Sorry for you and the wood.
Happy you are fine.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#5 posted 01-10-2022 01:35 AM

Man that suck. How did the fire start?

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#6 posted 01-10-2022 07:07 AM

I have 2 old growth pine boards in my garage. 30” wide 8 ft long. Don’t think I am going to use them. Took them out of a closet in Croton Falls NY. You anywhere near s/w fla?

-- Petey

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#7 posted 01-10-2022 02:43 PM

Puke.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 01-10-2022 04:41 PM

That is a shame.

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#9 posted 01-10-2022 05:42 PM

Hello Brothers,

For those asking: I live in rural NE, PA (Benton- agricultural zone)... a long drive from FL… :)...

The pole barn was built (by me) like a brick s*!#house… I am sure it would have survived an earthquake and maybe a tornado. Due to my hubris, I thought nothing could bring it down… I was totally WRONG! The fire started (presumably from a nearby burn pit) from a cinder that the wind blew into my woodpile… the old-growth pine was in the left bay of the pole barn… totally gone). The logs I had air-drying still had the bark on them and insects created a lot of sawdust at the edges… I think a cinder landed on one of the sawdust piles… (P.S. The lumber pile in the pic is not the old-growth pine, that is 4/4 pine for siding… it only half burned-up).

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JCamp

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#10 posted 01-10-2022 06:27 PM

That’s a shame. Aside from the loss of everything else even the building was really nice, thing looks like it was 60ft long at least. Hope you had it insured and can replace some of the stuff. Hard to put a price on lumber that you can’t readily buy though

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#11 posted 01-10-2022 07:17 PM

Yeah, the loss of the lumber was the worst thing; irreplaceable. I had insurance. But, the pine was logged on a steep hillside that had never been prior logged. Unusual around here. I love white pine, a classic wood for country furniture and the most used wood by the Shakers (not cherry as most people think). I think I am too old now to rebuild that pole barn. I put a lot of effort into it. BTW, The pole barn was 16×64’. Four sixteen foot bays.


That’s a shame. Aside from the loss of everything else even the building was really nice, thing looks like it was 60ft long at least. Hope you had it insured and can replace some of the stuff. Hard to put a price on lumber that you can’t readily buy though

- JCamp


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JCamp

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#12 posted 01-10-2022 08:05 PM

Well it was a nice looking set up. Maybe build a bit of a smaller building next time. lol. I hope you get set back up. Seems like a fire just completely destroys everything and leaves a mess

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#13 posted 01-12-2022 07:31 AM

Sorry to hear. That was a nice-looking setup and losing all the wood. ouch. Insurance?

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#14 posted 01-15-2022 04:05 PM

Fire can be good & bad. I lived in Vermont in the 70’s. I rented a house next to some realy long haired hippies who had a woodshop in the lower part of the building. They had a BBQ one day. They left the embers burning in their fire pit. The wind blew sparks under their shop. The sawdust was knee high in there. Soon the whole buiding was on fire. Scary for us as we were right next door. A small run in type shed is all that was between us. The fire dept. was so slow and un-trained. All volunterrs. They blew the sawdust everywhere. There was a river of water across the room. They blew out all the ceiling lights too.The 1 inch & a half pressure nozzle can be powerful. The hippies were talented woodworkers. One of them built a full size phone booth for a wealthy customer. I don’t know how they got anything done. They were always smoking weed !

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