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    A visit to Sierra Madre Sawing and Milling

    You have probably seen his ads in the trade rags or bumped into him at a show. Damon Stathatos owns and operates Sierra Madre Sawing and Milling. Although he has a wide array of wood processing tools (Northfields, Diehls, SCMI, Tannewitz and his "small" bandsaw; a 28" Northfield) he has a DeWalt DW734 that is his go-to planer. When he saw mine advertised, he decided he needed a spare. I saw a chance to go and visit the largest inventory of exotics in the state and so, LOML and I put the planer in the trunk and drove out. Here's some pics. There should be more but the sudden over-exposure to tool-porn AND wood-porn in one full gale blast disrupted the link between my brain and my camera (that I stupidly carried all over but, seldom used). I didn't even get any shots of the larger cocobolo and zircote room . . . just stacks and stacks of it . . . my mouth went dry, my hands shook and I got dizzy . . . pic-police, please forgive me.
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    so how much wood did you come home with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    so how much wood did you come home with?
    I purposely took the car and not the truck. As it turns out, this was a mistake as Damon had a stack of walnut there. He doesn't normally deal in walnut as it is available so many other places. I see a return trip in my future . . . in the truck.
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    he must be really tall becasue he made you look shorter, and i know your tall
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    Looks like it would be a fun trip!
    Purposely taking the car??? >> "About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you're fighting temptation."

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    I'm not quite sure what I was seeing in some of those pictures, but I'm pretty sure I liked it

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    Wow, I never knew that place existed. And it's not all that far from home when I'm in LA. Looks like a real candy store for sure.
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    Glenn was here today so I got to see the pics first hand---Also just happened to get a bowl making kit (you can call it a piece of wood if you insist).

    We had a great time and Glenn got to spend the day doing his most favorite thing (except for plumbing which he likes more)---working with my computer.

    Lots'a fun and lots'a laughs and an extremely happy mother. We really did it in style. We went out to that famous resturant, Chez Denny's.

    Enjoy,

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    I would actually be scared of a afternoon with the Bradley bunch. I dont think i would have enough tears in my eyes left after all the laughing i could imagine going on. Never mind the stomach cramps.

    Glenn you gotta be one of the most disciplined people i know of to visit a candy store like that and not take a truck along with you. Especially since you have one. BUt something tells me a return trip is not too far off.

    I got one close to me and frankly i get scared to go there. I think i am gonna go and take some pics to share here for all to see. But price also goes with the territory.
    cheers

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    Bandsaws???? We don't need no steenkin' bandsaws!!!!

    Sorry, I couldn't resist....for all you old movie buffs: "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"

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