In the 1850s the timber pirates of the Great Lakes stole lumber, burned ships, and openly threatened federal agents; killing atleast one. On May 6th 1853 the Buffalo, a lumber steam ship, rammed the USS Michigan but no charges were levied against the ship captain or owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Billions of wooden pallets are circulating through the world (2 billion in the United States alone). Some 80 percent of all U.S. commerce is carried on pallets. They’re so widespread they account for more than 46 percent of total U.S. hardwood lumber production. slate.com/business/2012/0…
Today I learned of the Disposable Ship- As British taxes only applied to lumber on a ship, and not the lumber that MADE UP the ship, Canadian loggers began building large, barely seaworthy ships that would be broken up for timber once they reached British shores. amusingplanet.com/2019/10…
In Hull, Quebec in 1900 a single residential chimney fire spread so quickly to neighbouring houses, buildings, and lumber yards that it left 40% of the entire city homeless overnight, burned down the city's only fire station, and eventually crossed the river into Ottawa and set it ablaze, too. cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa…
IKEA has complete ownership over their supply chain of products, even growing theor own wood (forest ownership), and uses approximately 1 percent of all lumber usage globally. lovemoney.com/gallerylist…
IKEA consumes about 1 percent of the world's lumber inhabitat.com/one-percent…
In the US 2x4 timber isn't 2x4, it's nominally 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches due historical practices in the lumber industry. And hardwood is different again and sold in board feet. thesprucecrafts.com/under…
In 1831, a train suffered a boiler explosion when a fireman grew tired of listening to it whistle, and tried to stop the noise by placing a piece of lumber on the safety valve and sitting on it. The blocked valve caused the pressure within the boiler to exceed its capacity, and it exploded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
In 1946 Yoshio Tamiya started a sawmill and lumber company in Shizuok, Japan. With an ample supply of raw material available, Tamiya soon began producing wooden model ships, and by the early 1950s the company had transitioned its business solely to model making and it also has a model museum speedhunters.com/2015/11/…
When Lumber Baron William E Boeing created the Boeing Airplane Company in 1917 the company depended on designs from their first aeronautical engineer hire, Chinese MIT grad Wong Tsu. He worked for a year with the company before returning to China. He fled to Taiwan when Mao took over China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
Today I learned about Forthman Murff, a lumberjack who nearly decapitated himself while cutting lumber, drove himself to the hospital and lived another 18 years. whereistheline.net/2018/0…
Today I learned about ATLAS-I, aka Trestle, the world's largest structure made entirely of wood, glue laminate, wooden bolts/nuts and sufficient to support a fully loaded B-52 bomber (for elevated EMP testing) 1,000 ft long, 125 ft (about 12 stories) tall, and constructed of 6.5 million board-feet of lumber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATL…
The town of Scotia in California remained a company town entirely owned by the Pacific Lumber Company until the company's 2008 bankruptcy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Dimensional measurement. This is the method used in almost all DIY type stores that sell lumber. We recognize such "sizes" as 2x4, 2x6, 4x4, etc. In reality, these measurements are not a true measurement of the lumber thickness or width. A 2x4 is actually 1.5x3.5, due to drying and planning. thespruce.com/dimensional…
Today I learned about Stimson House, a 30 bedroom house built in 1890 in Richardsonian Romanesque fashion near downtown LA. It was once the costliest private residence in Los Angeles, and over time has been bombed, lived in by a lumber baron, a brewer, a fraternity, and served as a convent en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
After the holidays, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree is milled into lumber and donated to Habitat For Humanity to be used for building homes. rockefellercenter.com/hol…
Julia "Butterfly" Hill, on December 10, 1997, ascended 180 feet (55 m) up the redwood tree Luna to stave off Pacific Lumber Co. loggers who were clear-cutting. Hill lived on two 6-by-6-foot (1.8 by 1.8 m) platforms for 738 days until a resolution was reached with the logging company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
A 2 x 4 stud of lumber you can buy is actually only 1.5 x 3.5 inches, because while the raw stud was originally 2 x 4 in size, drying it causes shrinkage, and it is then planed as well. thesprucecrafts.com/why-i…
In response to "The Lorax," "Truax" was written/published by Nat'l Wood Flooring Association--supporter of North American Forest Foundation, whose parent org is the Nat'l Hardwood Lumber Association. The protector of trees in the book is so obviously made to look like a child throwing a tantrum. nwfa.org/edu-resources.as…
Today I Learned that Lowe's was sued for 1.6 million dollars for false advertising their lumber prices which is why they now post actual sizing on all cuts of lumber. hbsdealer.com/article/low…
In 1989, a method was developed for growing trees with a square cross-section (reducing lumber waste), and to harvest the wood inside without killing the tree, but the lumber industry was not interested enough for the research to go further. straightdope.com/columns/…
In 1825 the Baron of Renfrew, one of the largest wooden ships ever built, set sail from Anse du Fort, Quebec to London, England. Her mission, to be scrapped for wood on arrival in order to exploit a loophole in British lumber tariffs. She sunk 650 miles offshore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The Polynesian settlers of Easter Island may have eventually come to near extinction by overzealous harvesting of native giant palms (for food, lumber needs, cleared space for agriculture, firewood) or because of imported/stowaway Polynesian rats smithsonianmag.com/travel…
After the 1954 Brown ruling, J. L. Williams & Sons Lumber Mill, in Sheridan, Arkansas, informed its black workers they would be provided free new houses outside the county and that any family refusing this would have its former house burned encyclopediaofarkansas.ne…
2x4 Pieces of Lumber are really more like 1 3/4 and 3 1/2 thespruce.com/why-isnt-a-…
American environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill lived in a 1500 year old California Redwood tree for 738 days to prevent it being cut down by the Pacific Lumber Company. The Simpson's episode "Lisa the Tree Hugger" was inspired by Hill's story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
One percent of the world's lumber is used by one single company: IKEA fivethirtyeight.com/featu…
Underwater logging is a a real way to extract lumber from Underwater forrest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
The Lacey Act was amended in 2008 to prevent US companies from purchasing lumber from illegal sources, such as those engaged in illegal deforestation. Gibson Guitar and Lumber Liquidators, and several other companies, have been charged with violating it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac…
Lumber's advertised size is not its actually size do to drying and planing. A 4"x4" is actually 3.5"x3.5" home.howstuffworks.com/lu…
The town of Singapore, Michigan, was eroded into ruins and covered in sand after the area was deforested for lumber to rebuild Chicago following the great fire of 1871 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The phrase "he has a chip on his shoulder" derives from the 1634 custom of shipwrights within the royal navy docks having an allowance of timber. Until 1756 when it was required to carry the lumber under their arm instead of on their shoulder reducing the amount they could take home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
IKEA uses 1% of the worlds lumber or 17.8 million cubic yards. psmag.com/books-and-cultu…
There are North Korean labor camps inside of RUSSIA. The cheap lumber is sold to England. youtube.com/watch?v=awQDL…
A 2x4 lumber has the dimensions 1.5x3.5 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lum…
Abdul Hakim Murad--a terrorist conspirator--was interrogated by having cigarettes extinguished in his earlobes and on his genitals, in addition to being water-boarded and beaten with chairs and lumber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd…
"Benson rafts", consisting of 19,000 cubic metres of logs tied together by 200 tons of chain, were used to transport lumber in the open ocean from the Washington-Oregon border to San Diego in the early 1900s. Some were 1000 ft (300 m) in length - longer than a Suezmax oil tanker! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
When referring to lumber sizes, wood is rounded up, i.e. 2" by 4" is actually 1.5" by 3.5". Table of actual sizes near the top. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lum…
Dimensions of lumber you buy are actually half an inch smaller than what it is said to be (ex. 2X4 is 1.5X3.5) woodcentral.com/woodworki…
The legalization of weed could cause economic growth in lumber and textile Industries but another argument could be that it could potentially put current lumber and textile industries out of business and this may be one of the reasons it is yet to be legalized. policymic.com/articles/65…
Plastic bags can be recycled into composite lumber, and can actually become a wide variety of products. earth911.com/recycling-gu…
The Hull-Oakes Lumber mill may be the last steam-powered commercial saw mill in the country, and the band saw and its 40 foot blade can cut timbers over 80 feet long thisiscarpentry.com/2011/…
The Adirondack and Catskill parks in New York are protected by the state constitution as "forever wild". Only a constitutional amendment can allow for their sale or use for lumber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The first movie ever show on HBO was Sometimes a Great Notion, a 1971 drama about lumber unions starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda mentalfloss.com/article/6…
William B. Ogden, the first mayor of Chicago, lost nearly all of his prized possessions in the great Chicago fire the same day his lumber company in Peshtigo, Wisconsin burned down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The size of a 2x4 piece of lumber is actually 1.5x3.5. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim…
Lumber Industry wrote a "logging-friendly" version of The Lorax en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tilman Fertitta had a 96 foot tall roller coaster built 50 ft from a neighborhood. The residents became only aware of the project when lumber for construction arrived. chron.com/neighborhood/ba…

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