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Jim Jakosh

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11-13-2011 02:31 AM

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I see people from all over the world on here and some of the places I know of and some I don’t. I also see all different kinds of wood being used and some I have never hear of but might look for some while I was in that area… for kind of an LJ informational topic, What is you city or state known for and what kind of wood is found in your area. I’ll start with the wood in Michigan and if yours is in addition to it, please let us all know??

I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids is know as the Furniture City on the CB because at one time there were all kinds of furniture factories here and they floated wood here down the Grand River to the mills in town. Right now we are the home to Art Prize, a competition that has $250,000 grand prize for the best art project voted on by the people. We have the Celebration on the Grand in the fall with a fireworks display better than the 4th of July. Michigan was the car capital of the world around Detroit at one time and the state has great apples and cherries!! What is you city or state know for??

We have oak, maple, walnut, ash, box elder, chestnut, elm, cherry, beech, apple, pear, peach, osage orange, sycamore, pine, spruce, birch, locust, lilac, plum, apricot, hawthorn, cedar ,sassafras, diamond willow, cottonwood, and willow wood and some I don’t remember or know about. What other woods do you have in your area??


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-13-2011 02:49 AM

Portland CT … we sit along side the Connecticut River and were at one point in time a major supplier of brownstone for New England. The quarries, now water filled, still exist and they have even turned one into a water adventure park.

Most timber around here is a mixture of Red and White Oak, walnut, maple, pine, beech and hickory.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 11-13-2011 03:05 AM

Randleman NC (just south of Greensboro NC and just east of High Point NC)

Hummm – Well High Point is known for the Furniture shows…

Timbers – Oaks, Walnuts, Poplars, Maples and Pine

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 11-13-2011 03:10 AM

Hi Jim

I live in Greencastle Indiana. Just west of Indianapolis. We are known for DePauw University and Eli Lilly’s first Pharmacy. We are the only city in the world to have a WWII Buzz Bomb on display at the Courthouse but I guess the biggest thing in Greencastle is Old Hickory Woodworking(thats my littlle workshop)!! Out here where I live we have shag bark Hickory, Oak, Walnut, Maple, and Sycamore, and Cherry. Oh and Indianapolis is this years home to the Super Bowl…It does not look good for the hometown Colts tho!!! The Lions are looking pretty good!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#4 posted 11-13-2011 03:58 AM

Hi Jim,
This a great idea, I live in Adrian MI and our types of timber are about the same as yours. We used to have lots of industry here but we pretty much have nothing going on here. Fortunatly I am retired from a great company that is still in business…

Thanks for asking..

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 11-13-2011 04:06 AM

Hi Jim I am from Norfolk Ne. about 110 miles northwest of Omaha. Mostley farm land around here We have Siberian Elm, Soft Maple , . about everything you have in Mi. Have a nice day Jim

-- wchips

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#6 posted 11-13-2011 04:26 AM

I live in Pulaski , Tennessee. About 40 miles from Lynchburg, the home of Jack Daniels. To our north, about 65 miles, is Nashville, often referred to as Music City because just about all the major recording labels have offices there and the heart and soul of country music is centered in Nashville. Oak Ridge, Tennessee is the home of the worlds first production nuclear reactor and a major center for national energy research, computer research, and other scientific disiplines. The pilot program to develope plutonium for the nukes used during WWII was the original reason for the creation of Oak Ridge. About 40 miles to our south is Huntsville, Alabama. The home of the Marshall Space Flight Center and a major NASA operation as well as Army missle command of the Redstone Arsenal. And, of course, least some of you be dissappointed, Tennessee has a good supply of rednecks, hillbillys, moonshine, and the prettiest ladies in the country.

For wood, here in south central Tennessee, we have just about everything already mentioned plus Aromatic Cedar, Ironwood, Pecan, Spice Wood, Red Bud, Dogwood, Hackberry, Sweet Gum, Black Gum, Lynn, and Hickory.

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#7 posted 11-13-2011 05:46 AM

I live in Kissimmee Florida. My house is about 20 home runs away from Disney World. We can see the fireworks from our yard every night.
Palm trees and a lot of oak.
(I brought a LOT of wood with me when I moved here from Chicago)
The sun shine & climate here is ridiculously nice!
Good topic Jim !

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#8 posted 11-13-2011 06:01 AM

Same as you Jim

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 11-13-2011 04:30 PM

On the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Known mostly for rain (although historically, if the Mariners played in an open stadium they’d have fewer rainouts than Chicago or New York), Dungeness crab, softwood timber and salmon.

Part of the worlds largest temperate rain forest. Doug fir (not really a fir), western hemlock, western red cedar, sitka spruce, alder, big leaf maple, yew. We are definitely hardwood poor.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#10 posted 11-13-2011 05:06 PM

Southern California, Enough said…...... hehehe
Trees, What Trees?? We have Palm Trees made of concrete 60 feet tall just to hide cell towers its the strangest thing you ever saw, and, our trees even light up at night. I guess we are known as the entertainment capital of the world and if you are like me and like to people watch its pretty darn entertaining.

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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#11 posted 11-13-2011 05:07 PM

In the high desert of N. AZ. Lots of spruce, Juniper, and scrub cedars and some Tamarak. There are a few smallish oaks. To the south are Mesquites and Desert Ironwood.
Nothing around here of the size and quantity that would interest a large commercial outfit. Unless they are after pulp!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 11-13-2011 06:28 PM

I guess I’m soused to it that I forgot that we are surrounded by the great lakes- the largest fresh water supply in the world and it gives us very good fishing and boating along with all the inland lakes everywhere around here.
Great responses. I had no idea of some of the wood that we had access to in the US. ...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 11-13-2011 10:02 PM

Central California. Just south of the capitol of the world’s silliest governor and legislature… Major resource from there is fertilizer and taxes… Wood is harvested from the heads of retired politicians. Usually too punky for any use… ;0)

Actually we live in a great part out here in the country. Less people than horses… There is some great doug fir that can be had here as well as oak, birch and many other species.

1 1’2 hrs to either the ocean or mountains.


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 11-13-2011 10:18 PM

Give you 3 guesses where I’m from (check my profile). Ok , give up ? Niagara Falls N.Y. USA (and yes there is one in Canada also). So what are we famous for? Ah, you guessed. Yup a great big falls. And in the past lots of industry, Nabisco, Nicoli Tesla and alternating current. Some Holleywood movies have been shot here. Used to be famous for pot holes but the most recient administration has been working on that problem. We have a Native Americam Casino. And no real forests to speak of just public trees and those private ones in our yards. Like my black walnut from which I’m making things from the trimmings we dis 2 years ago. But all those trees are a mix of hard and soft woods and some odd bushes that get big like the mullbarry bush we had. Made a few things from that but most of it went through the chipper. Hmmm, what else about N.F.? Well if you come here stay in the tourist areas, the rest is a dump.

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