Reclaiming the past

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Over the last few weeks some developers have demolished an abandoned school. I walk past it every Friday and for the last five I’ve come home with the biggest chunk I could carry. I’ve begun milling it into usable boards. The wood is pine and fir but it’s over a hundred years old in a dry warm building.

That’s gone now.

A couple of the beams I saved.

Some of the nails I pulled out.

One of the finished boards.

Waiting to be planed.

Evil, dense, hard pine…who would have thought?
Had to rip it with multi passes with the table saw. The bandsaw just wasn’t up to it.

You can see how the blade said no to cutting that knot. I was lucky the blade didn’t snap. It did jamb.

There you go, a bunch of free wood with a history. I still have two to cut up. The big one is seven feet long.

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

I’ve been digging around the wood database to see if I could identify this pine. I mentioned it’s heavy. It’s also still incredibly resinous. It really gummed up my bandsaw. Did I mention it’s at least a hundred years old?

I think it may be this:
http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/softwoods/slash-pine/

But it comes from south central US. This is heartland Wales.

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Things change and sometimes not for the better. In this part of the world that building woud be considered “new build”, just a hundred years old. Still, it was a cool looking place and a great landmark when giving people directions to our place.

Any suggestions for a “legacy project”?

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

I’m not sure. I hope to make something that looks as if it came to life a hundred years ago. The fir is beautiful and you could mistake it for cherry. Sadly it’s as soft as cotton candy.

My workshop smells like pine car freshener :)

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

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