Thursday, May 30, 2013

We took a little trip

Hubby wants to build some more Lap Steel Guitars, but
lumber in the dimensions he needs isn't off the rack at the lumber yard. It needs to be close to 2 inches thick, and according to which design he does, at least 9 inches wide, and usually more.
He found a posting on Craigs List for what he needed, and called the guy, to make sure posting was right.  And find out when he could come look.

Yesterday morning we got in the truck and headed south about 70 miles , down Scenic 7,  one of the most picturesque highways in the state. We hadn't been down that way in awhile, and I can tell you, it is much different in a small pickup, than it was when we were in the 18 wheeler.
As you can see, this highway has a few curves.  We pulled over to let the
truck get ahead a ways, and this is one of the few photos I took in a parked vehicle, most of the rest of the shots were doing 50 to 55 miles per hour.

There are a lot of these little creeks, as all this is hilly, and every little valley has
a creek.
Then we got back to Fourche Junction, where the Fourche River is dammed up to
create Lake Nimrod.
The lake above the dam
The Dam was blocked, couldn't drive across,
but a gate was open so I did go out on it a bit.

water shooting out through the dam.

Fishermen just below the dam, as the water goes out into the river, again.
Across on other side of the river, another small creek wanders into the 
Fourche LaFave River.
We weren't the only sight seers.
One of the many picnic tables.
This park is one that Julie and Jd like to camp at, and
the people that watch it, knowing it is just her and Jd, keep an eye out
making sure she is safe.
And a cloud formation that I saw, do you see the face?

And here, 140 miles later, and with a good lightening of
our pocket book, is the makings of the guitars.

Here is the lumber, 2 boards of
Walnut,8 inches by 4 ft and 1- 10 ft cherry 11 inches wide

Pictures when they are planed, and ready to cut.
I think they are close to 2 1/2 inches thick.


NanaDiana said...

Wow- Jettie- Those are gorgeous pictures- the landscape there is beautiful. It reminds me of Pennsylvania with the twists and turns in the roads. How pretty! Love the picture of the dam and the water shots. Looks like you got some good lumber there- I can't wait to see it done up into your project- xo Diana

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Ellie VanCaster said...

Wow what beautiful country you live in-I just love seeing where old country highways take you. I don't need to see the glitz and glamour of a city , I'd rather see those rolling hills and water any day!
Nice slabs of wood there, I bet the guitars will be awesome.

Tete said...

Oh, how I miss those curvy roads and the clear water of southern Mo. You just made me homesick.... but loved the drive and getting to go with you guys while you did your wood run. Hope those guitars come out really good.