February 2008



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I was in Alabama this past week for a great reunion of brothers and sisters in Christ. During this trip I got into an interesting conversation about a new method of obtaining old growth lumber without chopping down the old growth that is still living.

You see, back in the 1800’s they would cut down trees, cut off the branches and then drag them, or rail them to the nearest river. Then these logs would float their way to larger mills down river in the bigger cities. The logs had markings on them of the companies that did the cutting so that compensation could be made to the correct company. As the logs floated, some got water logged and sank to the bottom. Theres no telling how many logs are still deep under the currents of many of our large, and mid sized rivers. These logs are amazingly preserved.

Another kind of old growth timbering is that of harvesting forests that were flooded by dams. There are many forests that have been under water for 50-100 years due to the construction of dams across North America. There are special saws that are lowered into the water and clamp onto these forgotten trees and cut them cleanly. So far it seems to be a win-win situation environmentally. Here is a link of interest for this type of timbering. And another with photos.

Businesses have grown from this sort of specialty of diving for old growth. The lumber and end products from these logs are quite expensive. The advantage is that alot of thse logs are so large that you can mill very wide planks from them. This is advantageous to many woodworking projects. It certainly has caused me to raise an eyebrow in interest.


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Does anyone have any experience with this device. We have it in both our vehicles and so far (on our 5 yr old car) we have seen no rust. Not even in the little nicks in the paint that show metal. It fits nicely right under the hood mounted on the firewall in front of the driver.

The idea is that it sends a very slight pulse of electricity through the body and all metal parts which changes the reaction that electrons would have in the creation of rust. Here is a quick visual of how it works. Well, so far so good I think.

I don’t know why they keep spreading salt on the roads around hear. We know the affects it has on the cars and the environment. And we know that cinders work so well! Maybe cinders stick around too long? Maybe the Department of Transportation is in cahoots with car manufacturing companies…or better yet, body shops?

Well who knows. Just curious about peoples experience with these devices pictured above.