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    :: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 ::

    My Knotty Problem with Wood - By Heather Ramsay, thetyee.ca
    The floor still makes me cringe. It's tight-grained old-growth Douglas fir, and it's beautiful. I called our friend in Quesnel, who milled it up, then personally drove 1,000 kilometres, then took the ferry across Hecate Strait, to deliver it to us in the spring. Knowing full well my desire to be green, our friend with the sawmill just laughed when I asked if it was ethical. It shouldn't have been cut, he said. 'West Fraser couldn't put it through their mill, the logs were too big.'

    'But if I hadn't have turned it into flooring, it would have become pulp,' he added to make me feel better. Then to further soften the blow, he described how the beautiful wood may even have been reduced to newsprint for a no-good newspaper.

    Not to mention that he created several jobs too. 'Too many,' he muttered looking at his bottom line.

    At least, he said, really trying to cheer me now, it's not laminate. Or some petroleum product. Nor did we buy from a large corporation.
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