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Cabin – More Timbers Milled

August 26, 2018
I've been puttering away and now have another batch of timbers to carve.  The six in the foreground are floor joists. I got all of them out of the same log!  It was a monster. Not much work to do on them, just cutting the ends down to size.  In the background is the biggest…
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