All summer long I have been cutting down and splitting firewood for the winter. There is nothing better than getting free wood to heat your house. A buddy of mine needed three Black Locust trees cut down and gave me all the wood. After talking to an old timer who loves burning wood he said, “Black Locust is the best burning wood out there, it burns as good as coal!” Right now I have Oak, Maple, Cherry, Ash (which is the best wood to split), and Black Locust. I’m hoping to get four chords before the winter hits.

Here is a great excerpt of how great wood is from Eric Sloane’s book A Reverence for Wood, “The heft and feel of a well-worn handle, The sight of shavings that curl from a blade; The logs in the woodpile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house; The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves; The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs. Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be without wood.”-Everard Hinrichs

A full chord.

"Every man has an axe shaped hole in his heart"-Mark Valley

All over scripture you find references to, ancient doors, ancient paths and ancient ways. What are these ancient ways that we might walk in them? Who holds the keys to these ancient doors? Psalm 24 declares, “Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? Indeed, who is this King of glory? Jesus gives us and idea in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He goes further speaking of his own glory in John 17:5, “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” Who is this King of glory? Jesus, the King of glory indeed! In Matthew 11:28, Jesus holds out the offer to, “come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 declares, “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” lets walk in this ancient path and find rest for our souls.

Walnut table

Walnut table with maple apron

My buddy Joe came over and helped me put in this old antique stove i bought. its awesome now i can heat the garage all winter.

a nice drop rail at the beach

I finished my ol oak table just in time for christmas so i can enjoy a nice glass of viking mead with some friends. 

I made the legs from the ends of a church pew. most of the wood came from lakewood Christian church and the rest from an old barn.

The grain in 100yearold oak is amazing. Each piece has its own character..

heres some photos of an oak plank dining room table im building. all the oak is from 100year old Lakewood Christian church and an old oak barn.

heres a vid of ol Bushy talking about his love for wood.

Go to pentagram.com/what-type-are-you/ to find out what font fits you best. its sweet. im Lettres Ombrees its crazy how on point this type is for me.

The Light Has Come Into the World

— and the darkness has never been able to put it out. John 1:5

That’s right my friends, The Light has come into the world! I was thinking the other day about the person of Jesus and how he has and continues to radically change peoples lives. Whether its a hurting teenager who puts their trust in Jesus at a camp weekend or its a person in China or Afghanistan being persecuted for their faith, Jesus still brings hope and redemption into peoples lives 2000 some years later! This scenario got me thinking about the historical facts about Jesus life. There was this guy who lived in the first century and went around preaching about the Kingdom of God, Freedom for the captives, love for enemies, forgiveness, and that he would be killed and raised again in three days. And then it happened. He was killed, he was buried, then he was alive again (the historical evidence is very strong for this as well.) Then the Disciples who all thought he was dead went from hiding (they were in hiding because they knew what happened to past disciples when a rebel rabbi was killed, they were next) to preaching that he was alive and they had seen him. So, from this small band of blue collar fisherman (I love that Jesus hung with the working folk) came the most radical religious movement the world has ever seen. Twelve guys went from hiding in a house thinking their Messiah was dead and gone, to proclaiming his Resurrection, to laying their lives down for it, and in the process turned the world upside down. Just like Jesus said it would……What!!!!!!!!!!!!! “The Light shines in the darkness but the darkness has never understood it.” In our cynical and skeptical world there are still those who believe that the disciples had this awesome idea to start a new religion where the main tenant would be based on denying yourself and take up your cross to follow a dead guy……hmmm. The cynic has no answer, no hope to give to a hurting and broken world. Clearly something happened after that tomb was empty! In my opinion, Jesus was and Is The most radical and revolutionary thing to hit are planet and it amazes me how His Resurrection power and love still continues to break peoples bondage and brokenness all over the world. Just today thousands of people found hope in Him. “The man Jesus Christ lay death in his grave”- John Mark McMillan.

-T. Cain

 

Weeeeooo. Rock ‘n Roll!!!!! Went to the best rockin’ show last night. Dr. Dog rocked my face off!

listen for yourself:

Syndicate Snowboard edit to Dr. Dog

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— the mini-smooch.                                      –the tea drinking smooch.