Wood, wood, wood and more wood!
A couple of months ago, we had a few trees in the pasture cut down... they were all alder, which we are permitted to cut. Martin's friend and his crew came by to cut them and removed them off the property as well. The deal was we would get a 1/3, Martin would get a 1/3 and Martin's friend who was going to be doing the cutting, removing and milling would get 1/3 for his trouble. It was a good deal for us, we didn't have to pay to have the trees cut down, removed or milled. We were just happy to have the area cleared away. So, last week, Martin's friend drives down unannounced and delivers a truckload of wood. Then he came back earlier this week and delivered another truckload! That's a lot of wood. Kevin stacked a lot of the wood flat under the guesthouse to get it out of the way. It's freshly milled, so it needs time to dry before we can use it for anything.
On Thursday, our friend, Luis Alfonso, came by unexpectedly with planks of wood for a project Kevin will soon be working on. Kevin wants to build sliding doors for the carport so we can close and lock it. These doors will match the ones he built for the garage. It will look nice and clean, I think.
The wood we were expecting from Luis Alfonso was supposed to be dry, but he told Kevin he's running out of space at his lumber yard. He had to deliver it to make room. Luis Alfonso runs the lumber yard in Santa Maria and knows all about drying wood. He told Kevin that wood must be dried vertically, with space between each plank. It should not be left outside in the sun or they will dry too quickly and warp. They must be under cover. We don't exactly have much room either... certainly not vertical covered space, except the carport. So guess what Kevin was doing all day yesterday? There's more wood than we know what to do with, but Kevin's so happy. We're talking hundreds of dollars worth of wood for free. He doesn't know what he'll used it all for yet, but he's a guy with tools... he'll think of something, no doubt.
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