Ben Wu @bwu

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How bout the grain on this door jamb?
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How bout the grain on this door jamb?

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Fall is looking extra fine this year
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Fall is looking extra fine this year

We are officially canoe people. Feels oh so right. Also we got to enjoy a majestic eclipse weekend with some great people. Thanks for the laughs and good company.
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We are officially canoe people. Feels oh so right. Also we got to enjoy a majestic eclipse weekend with some great people. Thanks for the laughs and good company.

Black powder mischief with mah friends.
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Black powder mischief with mah friends.

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strawberry basil refractions
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strawberry basil refractions

This is a good comparison to a modern day new growth 2x4 (left) to an old growth 2x4 (right) that I pulled out of a house.

The old growth 2x4 has many benefits over its modern day counterpart including: less wood movement, more structuralyl sound, more rot resistant, and more termite resistant. All of these benefits come from hundreds of years of much slower growth due to a shaded forest environment in which these tight ring patterns are created.

This is by no means a cry for more old growth deforestation and lumber production (in fact I'm very much against that) but it is a way for me to show you some of the quality materials lying behind your old home's walls. Construction materials and technologies have come a long way over the years but I would argue that lumber itself was never better than it was in the early 20th century.
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This is a good comparison to a modern day new growth 2x4 (left) to an old growth 2x4 (right) that I pulled out of a house. The old growth 2x4 has many benefits over its modern day counterpart including: less wood movement, more structuralyl sound, more rot resistant, and more termite resistant. All of these benefits come from hundreds of years of much slower growth due to a shaded forest environment in which these tight ring patterns are created. This is by no means a cry for more old growth deforestation and lumber production (in fact I'm very much against that) but it is a way for me to show you some of the quality materials lying behind your old home's walls. Construction materials and technologies have come a long way over the years but I would argue that lumber itself was never better than it was in the early 20th century.

Waterfalls in Mosier today with @emmysmmit
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Waterfalls in Mosier today with @emmysmmit

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Bae
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Bae

Chinese 5 spice roasted chicken with shallot, grape, and thyme.
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Chinese 5 spice roasted chicken with shallot, grape, and thyme.

Stairs at the house I just finished up
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Stairs at the house I just finished up

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Working in a winter wonderland
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Working in a winter wonderland

Snow covered temples
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Snow covered temples

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