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    Different types of wood and their uses

    The role of wood in the old homesteadersí lives cannot be overstated, and honestly, I think, has been a little forgotten. They built their cabins out of it, their furniture, they cooked over it, and built fences with it.

    The majority of people nowadays go to Lowes or Home Depot for their wood, and ask the workers there for what they want. Until I got my hands on the FoxFire books, I had no idea how different each type of wood is, and how to choose which type for what we want on our homestead. Below Iíve shared what Iíve learned:


    Firstly, when discussing wood, weíre either talking about green wood or seasoned wood. Wood will shrink as it dries out and seasons, so for the pieces that need to maintain their shape or fit, seasoned wood is always the best. Rafters, fence posts and rails, shingles,
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    I had a bit of a different route than my hero rice paddy daddy, I studied to be a Forest Engineer in college, couldn't pass the upper level Calculus Courses so I changed my way and got an Industrial/Operations Bachelor of Science Degree with a Forest Products/Wood Science Minor.

    My very first Forest Products Professor, Dr. Smith, started every class with the same line; "Keep Wood Inside Where It Belongs!"

    Words to live by people, words to live by!

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    I have one use for my wood and that is with Mrs Camel.

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    I have no professional experience working in a lumberyard nor do I have a degree dealing anything with wood. But I have made a LOT of sawdust over the last 35 years. Other than what my granddad and my good friend Harold taught me, all of my wood knowledge has come at the expense of ruining some mighty nice boards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camel923 View Post
    I have one use for my wood and that is with Mrs Camel.
    I just knew there wood be some remark such as this!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BucketBack View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slippy View Post
    I had a bit of a different route than my hero rice paddy daddy, I studied to be a Forest Engineer in college, couldn't pass the upper level Calculus Courses so I changed my way and got an Industrial/Operations Bachelor of Science Degree with a Forest Products/Wood Science Minor.

    My very first Forest Products Professor, Dr. Smith, started every class with the same line; "Keep Wood Inside Where It Belongs!"

    Words to live by people, words to live by!
    I am wondering where one would use advanced calculus in a forestry degree?

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