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My name is Blake. I am a geologist that fell in love with forestry and woodworking in 2014 when my job was threaten by the rapid fall in oil prices. I was the youngest employee within the company and felt expendable. Long story short I still have the very same job and work long weeks, but having discovered my love for all things wood I spend most of my free time cutting, sawing, sanding, and planing.

I cut and sell firewood as for a bit of extra income. Kansas law made collection of sales tax mandatory so in 2018 I started an LLC, under which I claims my oil royalties/working interest as well as my firewood sales (dismal at this point).

I have more projects in mind than I do hours in life, and more sawmill trimmings (some call waste) than I know what to do with. Hopefully, they find a new home and become someone else's project. Thanks for reading!

-Blake
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Welcome from Florida Blake. I’ll be up in your neck of the woods on a turkey hunt next month.
Ray
 

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Thank you! I look forward to being a part of this community.

Sorry about the typos, I do not have a home computer. I wouldn’t ever use it anyways; as long as there’s a chainsaw or lumber around.

I will be hunting Turkey before long as well. I hunt all over south central/eastern KS. Gotta love the public lands KS has to offer. No BLM, but plenty of game on state lands.
 

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Blake, Welcome from South Texas! Nice looking wood you have there, I'm betting you can find guys here willing to take some off your hands. What do you build? Tony
 

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Welcome Blake. I have a lot of friends in Wichita who work for Koch Industries. I know they were in the oil business also. Glad to have you join us.
 

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Howdy Blaké, welcome to the club....
 

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WELCOME! From Michigan :welcome2:
Nice looking stuff in that last pic.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I will have to make a few post with different species I have.

When I first got into the firewood hustle, spring 2016, I met a fella who did live edge slab stuff, so I offered him a huge ash trunk in exchange for a few slabs to see what I could make of it.

That table is still sitting in my garage, upside down in saw horses. I’m sure you all have a your own list of unfinished projects, goes with the territory I feel.

The wood kept coming fast and furious. All the while, my Ma got cancer news and I really didn’t take care of my home or projects for some time.

Thus far I have made a few things, but OG project is incomplete.

-spun simple table legs out of cedar
-made what I call “bacon boards” (halved, draw knived, angle ground/sanded to a “D” shape cross section— looks like a piece of cooked bacon; used as table legs, bed posts, whatever).
-mulberry live edge coffee table for my Ma
-maul handle
-knife/tool blanks for a friend
-too/bottom/first cut floating shelves
-spalted maple live edge table for my buddy’s new house (table base-repurposed school desk, waiting paintings in garage- which will be the topic of my next thread.)

I go through phones like an orphanage does milk. I don’t have many on the current one. Most of my wood pictures and what not are on my work computer, will get some for posting when I can.

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Can I mention other threads within a thread?

I posted my second thread; need advice on how finish the table bases for the spalted maple table in picture above. Tags are metal, table, sanding, help!
 

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Can I mention other threads within a thread?

I posted my second thread; need advice on how finish the table bases for the spalted maple table in picture above. Tags are metal, table, sanding, help!
I see it done all the time but I’ll let a moderator chime in. Lol
 

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Can I mention other threads within a thread?

I posted my second thread; need advice on how finish the table bases for the spalted maple table in picture above. Tags are metal, table, sanding, help!
It's not a problem at all to mention it, but people will see it either way. Tony
 

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Welcome from California! You appear to be the perfect person to join the forum from your introduction! Jump right into the discussions and ask tons of questions -- there are some true experts on this forum to help you out! Chuck
 

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Welcome from southeastern Massachusetts. Sounds like your right where you need to be.
 

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Welcome from a couple hours south!
 

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Welcome from just west of you. Travel through Wichita heading to family in northwest Arkansas.
 

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Hello, Blake!

I was hoping to find you on here soon. We need to get together when the weather warms a bit to discuss that new bench top. Enjoy WoodBarter!

Nate
 
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