Recently, following advice from a friend, I visited a local lumber yard in search of a good deal on western cedar. I found a great looking 6-ft. length fence boards at the front of a particular shed and a dirty pile of odds and ends under a miserable piece of tarp in a dark corner. I quickly loaded ten boards from the front pile into my Civic and then walked toward the back of the shed and threw back the dusty tarp.
What a mess. Dirt, dust, fluffy-duff, and the remains of winter homes for mice flew in all directions at once. I instinctively closed my eyes and held my breath. Upon opening my eyes I realized I'd found a treasure, i.e., a cluttered mess of five-footers that required careful sorting but contained some of the best cedar in town, that's if the thought of sweeping and scrubbing boards didn't throw me off.
Not at half price it didn't.
Photos by GH
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