Madrone, Pepperwood (?), and several other west coast species were used from time to time in small craft.
Bob Darr, I have mentioned this before, had a boat shop out on the water in Marshall right near the old hotel back in the early 1960's.
He was insistent that his dad had learned the secret of using Euc's to make ribs for small boats.
He tried and tried any number of times to do it but, to no avail.
BrianM, was speaking of an Urban Forester in the East Bay some time back.
Bet if the outfit is still in business they would have some interesting potential small boat bits and pieces.
Did you ever hit the apple orchards up near Sebastapol or the fruit orchards out towards Vacaville/Davis area?
When several months ago we drove up to the Russian River area. Along I-5 we passed orchards, almonds, pistachios(sp),apricots, oranges with big piles of prunings laying here and there.
There is a sawmill off River Road heading west just before you hit Highway 1 in some little hamlet with the turnoff clearly marked. Who knows what they might have in the trash pile?
Last edited by Dave Fleming; 08-10-2006 at 05:23 PM.
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