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TreeAmigo good to meet y’all!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by TreeAmigos, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. TreeAmigos

    TreeAmigos Member Full Member Thread Starter

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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
    Tree Amigo

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    Eric Rorabaugh Member Full Member

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    Welcome from Virginia
     
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    Ray D Member Full Member

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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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    TreeAmigos Member Full Member Thread Starter

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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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    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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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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    woodtickgreg scroll, flat, spin Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Founding Member Full Member

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    WELCOME! From Michigan :welcome2:
    Nice looking stuff in that last pic.
     
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    TreeAmigos Member Full Member Thread Starter

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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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    TreeAmigos Member Full Member Thread Starter

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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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    I see it done all the time but I’ll let a moderator chime in. Lol
     
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    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    It's not a problem at all to mention it, but people will see it either way. Tony
     
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    Welcome!
     
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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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    Welcome to Wood Barter Blake!
     
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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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