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    Must be living right.........

    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.

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    Yep, must be living right, somehow!
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    Proof that what comes around goes around. Way to go, and congrats.
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    Hi Stu ,
    Sharing your good fortune is a bright spot for all!
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    Must be good Karma. You'll have to make the wife a box or bowl out of the wood, she sounds like she would treasure it. I like to see the faces of people who have given me wood when you give them something back from their own tree. Makes you feel real good.

    Looking forward to seeing the projects from your score.

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    I forgot to add, they asked me if I could make some key chain kind of things with the name of the shrine stamped, or branded onto the pieces.

    I'd have to figure out how much the brand would cost me, I think around $200 +- so taking that into account, how many do they want a year, and how much do they want to pay for them, again, I'd use the wood I get from them (mostly off cuts) to make the key chains.

    Would be something I'd have to set up and do a production run type of thing, but could be somewhat lucrative, as they would want "X" number a year, every year.....

    Cheers!
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    Hi Stu,
    Just curious as to how far you have to drive to the Shrine or to see a tree? When I think Yokyo, I think mass population, industrialized,therfore no trees.Much like N.Y city without Central Park. Just curious. Congrats on your find and future keychains.

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    Stu, talk to Nancy Laird about engraving. Think you would be pleasantly surprised (of course I know nothing of your postal rates) but have talked with her about a couple of projects and she on top of things! Good job on the score.

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    Congrats Stu! Free wood, a place to get rid of shavings, and now a possible source of additional income? Wow, I need to fid a shrine here in IA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Hungler View Post
    Hi Stu,
    Just curious as to how far you have to drive to the Shrine or to see a tree? When I think Yokyo, I think mass population, industrialized,therfore no trees.Much like N.Y city without Central Park. Just curious. Congrats on your find and future keychains.
    Yep, lots of concrete here, which I don't really enjoy, but there are pockets of tranquility

    Here is a "Google Earth" look at the area around my house.....


    You can see my house, approx location on the right, and the Shrine on the left there.

    Takes maybe 5 minutes to walk........

    You can see a tour of the shrine here.........

    Shrine Tree Tour
    <- Link

    Cheers!
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    A true gloat. I'm sure the guys who live in areas where scrounging wood isn't possible are fuming with envy about now.
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