Lumber Euphoria

le-0Since I’ve been blessed with my lumber sales position at Cole Hardwood, a visit to a sawmill was always on the bucket list, I mean agenda, to help broaden my hazing, I mean training and education process. Words cannot describe how uber cool it is at a sawmill, but since I am blogging about it and that’s kind of the point, I’ll do my best. I’m fairly certain I felt like one of the 4th graders who visited Cole that I mentioned in my last blog when he saw the vending machine. WOW. (Haven’t read the last blog? Shame on you. Stop here and do so). If you had asked me a year ago how I felt about a debarker tossing around a 24 inch log, I’d say that’s why I don’t get on the rides at the fair anymore. But now? I’d say something like where do I turn in my application?

I watched a sawyer, who is a total boss by the way, operate a machine that reminded me of the robots in Avatar and The Matrix. They call him ‘P-Dad’ which I’m assuming ‘P’ stands for something like ‘Power’ or ‘Prime’ as in Optimus Prime because he IS the most dominating of all the Autobots at the sawmill. (This is where my imagination runs rampant). When I look in one direction they have pyramids of massive logs piled high in rows of different species and when I look the opposite direction they have nicely stacked and bundled boards of green lumber that I can’t wait to see arriving at Cole Hardwood🙂

Lumber euphoria? I think so.

Next stop, logging crew, if they will take me.  I think I’ll watch this season’s Ax Men to bone up on the lingo and ‘green gold’. My goal is to know about it from beginning to end because if I don’t witness it myself, nobody outside the lumber business or my close friends and family that I pay to read my blog would know how amazing and intricate it really is.

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  1. Chris on June 5, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I am one that did miss this blog. I just don’t get on here alot in the summer so I miss alot. I am glad you reposted it! I know you love your job, but whenever I read your blogs I wonder if you shouldn’t be doing something else! Fantastic writing as always. Love the stories!

  2. Jen Buttice on June 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Thank you so much, I am so pleased you enjoy them. Great to hear from someone outside the lumber biz too:) Put me down for mushroom hunting next year, I want to be Gianna’s partner!

  3. Linden Moss on June 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Jen,
    I’m head of maintenance at R.Booe & Son Hardwoods, just had to tell you all of us here at the mill had a good chuckle over your comment about Peedad! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

    • Jen Buttice on July 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you! Great hospitality at R.Booe & Son!

  4. Sally McGuffey on June 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Enjoyed reading your blog. It was great to visit with everyone at Cole Hardwood yesterday!

  5. Mike Zahn on September 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    What a hilarious and fresh take on lumber learning!

  6. Steve Zambo on May 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Great short read Jen. Loved the imaginative idea of the sawmill (autobots, etc). Thanks!

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