Today, I had a delivery to the local Shinto Shrine, there is a festival of sort coming up on the weekend, and a customer had me deliver some sake to them. I decided to give them my latest creation, the toothpick holder, and they were thrilled, the wife especially, nice to be appreciated
While I was standing there, I could hear a chainsaw running.......
The priest asked me if I needed some more wood....??
I WANTED to say "is the Pope Catholic...?" but I figured he'd not get the joke, so I just say "Sure thing!"
The wood turns out to be Mukunoki the scientific name is "Aspera aphananthe", seems to be in the "Elm" family.
This was NOT a large tree, the biggest chunks I'll get might be 8" in diameter, but I got a LOT of stock, more if I want it tomorrow. The next good piece of news is that tomorrow, they are taking down a LARGE part of a Keyaki tree. The tree is like a large "Y", they are lopping off one side of the "Y" so I'll be getting some more wood!
It is all sitting in the little van right now, so the only pic I have is one of the bark, as I wanted to compare the bark to stuff online to figure out what the wood was. The guys cutting the tree down told me it was Mukunoki, but I've found they are often not the best source of info on various trees.
Yep, must be living right, somehow!