Originally Posted by Chainfire
We rarely have "forest fires" in our area, even though were are surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of highly volatile pine trees. The reason is we have "controlled burns" that remove the underbrush and accumulated pine straw every year. Once the small, dead stuff is burned, it is replaced, quickly with small green stuff that is hard to ignite. It copies a natural process and is great for the trees and the wildlife.
Were lucky to be a state that has as much water as land so forest fires rarely happen and never get out of control. You can still find lots of old growth rarity trees scattered around, a friend of mine thats a sawyer comes up with some awesome stuff he finds laying around or still standing. I drop by every few months to see what he has and often leave with an armload, occasionally a truckload of very nice wood.
I dont think Ive bought any quantities of hardwood from a store in years, I just cant bring myself to pay huge prices for pulpy, wide grained, prewarped, spalted (partially rotten) Oak that is better framing lumber than it is good for trim or furniture. I never buy trim, thats just nuts to pay that kinda price for toothpicks I can shape myself for 1/4 the cost.