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The only woods I buy any more are wood that grows in my state. This includes plywood. .

Just curious, Theo, what does a plywood tree look like?
Not sure, never been on a plywood tree plantation, but as far as I can determine, they look similar to pallet trees. Not seen one of those either. I don't know if there are any pallet tree plantations in the US, or not.
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I started a new job in May for a saw mill equipment company in Quebec city. I am the technical rep for the forestry and mining industries and I have been to many saw mills already and haven't left the province of Quebec yet. WOW is the first comment that comes to mind. I have seen some mills that are SO BIG and others that are Ma & Pa outfits. Pulp and Paper mills are also big and soon I will be visiting panel mills for OSB and plywood. I knew that the Forestry Industry was a key player locally but I am in AWE ! If you have a minute, look up Resolute Forest Products, or ARBEC, or one mill I saw this week was Barette Lumber in Chapais Quebec. This week I went around the Lac St Jean area and north to Chibougamau and Chapais.2233 Kilometers (1388 miles) this week ! I love my job ! I have been looking at the Ford Explorer as a change of vehicle because I am often in remote areas and gravel roads. Anybody have one ? looking for some feedback.

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I have been looking at the Ford Explorer as a change of vehicle because I am often in remote areas and gravel roads. Anybody have one ? looking for some feedback.
I haven't, but my older son did once. Dunno if it means anything, but right now he is driving a Chevy Suburban, 4X4.

Where I live you would never think there are sawmills in the area. But I have found out that there are at least 7 within 10 or 12 miles of my house. Most of them you can pass by and never known there is one there. There are at least 2 within the city limits of the county seat, but the only indication of them are a small, very small, sign at the entrance.
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Not sure, never been on a plywood tree plantation, but as far as I can determine, they look similar to pallet trees. Not seen one of those either. I don't know if there are any pallet tree plantations in the US, or not.
I had read somewhere that pallet tree plantations were becoming fewer and fewer. The last remaining are just hanging on by their nails. The workers are board.
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I had read somewhere that pallet tree plantations were becoming fewer and fewer. The last remaining are just hanging on by their nails. The workers are board.
Shame to hear. They must be sending most of them to North Carolina then, because there has been no shortage of free pallets. I think I will start using more of them, because there is some really nice wood in a lot of them, and that would provide a source of free wood, that was not grown in this state. Means I would have to make several changes in my cane designs, but I think with the different varieties of wood put together, I could make some fantastic looking canes.

So, thanks for the tip, I'll start stockpiling pallets, just in case. By the way, I have a bit of very nice Spanish Cedar saved for a project not yet determined. Got it from a free pallet. And if you wonder what type of wood is in pallets, free wood is always popular.

It just hit me. Right now I use 4 masters to make my canes. If I add pallet wood to the line it means I will have to drop 1 master, and make 2-3 more to take it's place, for a total of 5-6 masters. The building process/time will increase accordingly. Should make for some very nice canes tho. This means I will have to crank up my CNC - Coffee 'N Contemplation. I do love my CNC.

Actually, I do use only 4 masters to make a cane, but I have a lot of different shape cane handle designs, so swap the handle designs out as desired, to make different versions.
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I had read somewhere that pallet tree plantations were becoming fewer and fewer. The last remaining are just hanging on by their nails. The workers are board.
Not helping with the Global food supply though. I heard they're unpalatable.
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I have seen so far 2 customers that start from logs and end up building pallets. There are several plants that buy cut lumber and just make the pallets but to start from logs is a complete operation. They even have large kilns to dry the wood first then make the pallets.

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I am also looking at the Hyundai Sante Fe. Locally the Quebec provincial Police our version of State Troopers; are using the Explorer and everyone I have spoken to so far claims they love it ! I'm usually a Chevy man, I'm on my 4th Impala, but the GM full size SUVs are all V8s. I want a V6 and no turbos. My boss has a Ford Edge with the twin turbo Ecoboost engine and he has to use premium gas at a much higher cost. I want just a regular V6 that can run on regular gas. I also looked at the smaller SUVs but again they almost all have 4 cyl. with turbos. The amount of mileage I do I don't want the turbos for when they break the cost is usually high !
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I am also looking at the Hyundai Sante Fe.
My younger son has a Hyundai. A week or so ago the serpentine belt broke. It is a V6, with overhead cams. And now all the valves are bent. Gonna cost whether he gets the heads repaired/replaced, or another engine. So, he got a VW with a Diesel. I'm thinking the new Chevy SUVs have V6s, but being as I'm not in the market, don't know for sure.

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