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John Morris

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10-30-2010 05:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rob durfos tule peak timber

Hi all, my name is John Morris. I just signed up here today because I just met one of the Lumber Jocks here in my home town. His name is Rob Durfos, owner of Tule Peak Timber. Or I believe he is otherwise known as Socalwood?
I just wanted to say publicly, Thank you Rob Durfos for the wonderful tour of your fantastic business today. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was really quite overwhelming. All of our senses where challenged this morning as soon as we drove onto your wonderful 20 acre home. As we drove up the long dirt driveway, a sawmill came into sight, and I felt like a little kid in a candy store. What a sight folks. My wife told me to settle down, it’s just wood, but we all know that’s not true right!
I got to see Robs supply of wood, of which he said is pretty low right now, but to this small time woodworker, it seemed like the entire mountain range of lumber was sitting at my feet. He showed us wonderful slabs of walnut, coastal live oak, elder, black oak, pine etc etc. I was looking for a couple slabs of something interesting for a second Hal Taylor Chair build. Rob was very patient with us, he even gave us a couple samples to take home and see how well they machine and finish before I make the final jump and hand over my cash for a nice slab of whatever I choose. Thanks Rob! And I know you all have seen Robs work, I don’t need to go into detail about his mill work and custom doors, man, what an artist. I could go on even more, but I think you all have known Rob much longer then I have, and I am probably telling you all something you already know, so I will stop here. I just wanted to spread the word that there is a sawyer by the name of Rob Durfos residing in Southern California who is a great resource for lumber, and mill work.
Thanks again Rob, it was an honor to get to see your grounds, and the pleasure was all ours.
I will be calling you soon with a request for some lumber. Take care and don’t work too hard Rob. Yeah right! That’s all this guys does is work hard!

John Morris

-- John Morris

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#1 posted 10-30-2010 06:05 AM

no comment

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 06:09 AM

That’s great to have a trustworthy supplier close by. Have had very little luck with that in this area.
Glad you enjoyed the fellow LJ experience.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 06:29 AM

thank´s for sharing this
and welcome to L J enjoy and have fun but be aware it can be addictive
but not the worst place and people to hang out with its a great gruop
all willing to help if they can

take care

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 09:22 AM

hey welcome,
what was your wife thinking- “it’s just wood”.
It’s never just wood! its WOOD!

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 10-30-2010 01:41 PM

Let me welcome you to LJs. You are fortunate to be able to visit Rob in person. If I am ever in southern California you can bet I would put a visit on my to-do list.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 10-31-2010 01:01 AM

Thanks for the welcome guys, and if your ever in the SO CAL area, yes, you must look up Rob, just remember, call him in advance. He is a busy guy.

-- John Morris

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#8 posted 10-31-2010 01:08 AM

Look after the miller.
I’m in Scotland and I know how hard it is to find a steady supply.
I tend to buy, then decide what to make.
My local timber yard is a small place run by two brothers.
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#9 posted 10-31-2010 01:12 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. You will love it here.. wood wood wood wood and more wood. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 10-31-2010 01:32 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 10-31-2010 02:13 AM

I got into woodworking AFTER leaving Southern California.

I’d have been about 75 minutes from Rob’s place, and was less than a half-hour from Pat Warner’s place. Pat is kind of all things, router.

Two people I’d surely like to have met !

Now … it’s pretty much just me ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 11-03-2010 03:01 PM

Been to Robs as well and loved it. Bought some lumber from him and plan on going back to get more. Taking a tape recorder next time as he spits out so much good info hard to take it all in while looking at all that candy he has to offer.

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

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 05:59 PM

a great story – and true to LJ style :) one woodworker supporting enough.

“it’s just wood” (big smile)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 11-03-2010 06:26 PM

Thanks John, nice tribute to SoCalWood. I’ve valued his posts here. And good you signed on! Welcome to LJs.


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#15 posted 11-03-2010 07:49 PM

I think Socal removed his profile today…. I will miss his contributions here.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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