Earlier this Fall, our friend Patrick, came home to no home. During his absence, his house and outbuildings burned to the ground, leaving what looked like a bomb site. Small propane tanks and perhaps gasoline in what once was a motor home contributed to the utter destruction.
LOGJAM was a feature of the second annual LandCare Rocks the River celebration in Fries, VA. Our group consisted of Don Call, Rick Cavey, Will Osborne, and Scott Jackson-Ricketts. This event was sponsored by Grayson LandCare with 1200 in attendance, (Sunday, July 29, 2018). Live music, food, beer, and several vendors also helped rock the afternoon.
Our resident expert on the organic properties of wood, Don Pridgen, weighs in.
Using wood as a construction material is a particularly beautiful thing. Unlike modern man-made materials, wood will continue to move and react to natural conditions long after the living tree has fallen. In fact, the natural events that the living tree experienced in its lifespan can often be seen at the sawmill, through the drying process, and in the final timber product. As craftsman with wood as our medium, we are always conscious that wood is a living material and how this affects the lifetime performance of our products. In fact, the living nature of wood should be celebrated.
The following is some PhD level stuff, based on experience, with a very real and applicable perspective...
In mid-December of last year Don Pridgen received a call from our friend, ‘Mule’, who was slowly but surely soon to pass on to the other side. Four of the LOGJAM brotherhood were more than a bit familiar with Mule, whose work in ‘sticks and stones’ was as much of legend as he. Mule’s simple request was for Don to find the help he needed and construct a coffin.
Back in April, Don, Don and Scott drove down to Hillsborough, NC to begin slicing and dicing a downed coffee tree in a friend’s yard. For Logjam, the distance was a bit problematic, and given that this 100 year old tree was large, still green, and therefore heavy and cumbersome, so was the challenge of getting it home.