The wonder of mother nature, do you like going bush?

Feuilles de pin de Wollemi (Wollemia nobilis)

Feuilles de pin de Wollemi (Wollemia nobilis) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hello bloggers, or should I say boogers, Ivan here.

We went for a walk in the bush this morning and I took some pictures to show you what it is like in the world!
Have you every wondered what the difference is when people say, ‘this is a ‘softwood’ or ‘hardwood’?
It is a classification of trees into two broad groups- it gets confusing because a ‘softwood’ is a PINE tree, or nettle leafed tree, and the timber from a PINE tree is usually soft too- but not always.

They are an ancient coniferfious plant (another way to say PINE tree)- the key difference being the leaves of a ‘softwood’ or PINE- are nettles. This type of tree is ancient- in the case of the wollemi pine, this tree is genetically identical to fossils found and dated to 250 million years old- now thats old. Pine trees are the great survivors of our world! What were you doing 250 Million years ago? I was stardust and a twinkle in an apes eye.

regards Ivan: Kirton Fine Parquetry

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What is wood?

 

Hello again bloggers, Its Ivan here. Have you ever wondered when its all going to end? I do, because I work in my own business, HE HE.  I recently saw the movie oblivion, and it raised some interesting questions about the fate of mankind. But seriously folks, In this video I attempt to iron out some questions you may have surrounding the issue of forest depletion, and what to do about it. Until Next time, Ivan
Kirton fine Parquetry

Ronnie coleman, Phil Heath or Arnold?

I'm pretty sure that's Ronnie's wife on his left.

I’m pretty sure that’s Ronnie’s wife on his left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Im sure you have asked yourselves this question at least once right?

Some thoughts…..

  1. The Ronnie Coleman Protein powder is good
  2. Arnold brought the sport to the forefront
  3. Arnold loved to pose on timber floorboards, because they are warmer underfoot and represent growth
  4. Why cant Branch Warren crack a smile?
  5. Is Phil Heath on something other than Muscletech?
  6. Is that blonde guy going to win the Olympia?
  7. What is a silk amino and is it a gimmick?
  8. Do fat burners send you mad, or help you lose weight?
  9. And why dont you have a look at a beautiful timber floor?

I love the look and feel of our timber floor. When I have friends and family over,  people talk about my floor, as well as passing on the compliments. I know it’s been a really good decision,  and I can see the money spent has been worth it.

English: Cropped image to just Branch Warren. ...

English: Cropped image to just Branch Warren. Original description read: Dean Pillarella (Xavier High School ’11) and Branch Warren (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Timber floor

Whats a tree all about?

The bark of a tree

The bark of a tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tree trunk complete with hearwood, pith and ra...

Tree trunk complete with hearwood, pith and radial lines (Photo credit: Horia Varlan)

Tasmania, Styx valley. This Eucalyptus regnans...

Tasmania, Styx valley. This Eucalyptus regnans, named El Grande by the Wilderness Society, was the most massive in the Styx Valley. It could not legally be logged because its height exceded 80 metres. It was accidentally killed in 2002 during the burning-off of debris after the trees around it were clear-felled by Gunns Ltd, the major logging and wood-chip enterprise in Tasmania’s State Forests. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A tree is a living thing that uses the light from the sun, and the water, minerals and salts contained in the soil to grow.

The tree uses its bark, which has different layers, to transport minerals and water up through the trunk and into the leaves. This is where it gets turned via photosynthysis into sap that is then distributed down the tree and turns into more bark. The leaves also need carbon from the air to do this and this is why a tree is amazing.

A tree can turn an invisible gas into something tangable and able to be seen by us, a bit like quantum physics when we can only measure something by observing it, when we dont observe it is something else completely. If a tree falls in the woods is anyone to hear it? Im not sure because i dont live in the woods at present, I like the comforts of the city. But I do go camping sometimes but my wife will complain also.

Dust mate, dust.

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A Porter-Cable model 333 random orbital sander

A Porter-Cable model 333 random orbital sander (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I wanted to write about the dust created by sanding machines in your home. When selecting a floorsander ensure you ask the right questions when you have them over. It saves alot of time on both sides.

One important point is dust control and that comes into the the catagory of respect that a tradesman has for other peoples property, in this case your home. I always think to myself that I dont want the client doing any work that I should have done before leaving.

Lemon

Lemon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Things that can be done is stuff like putting up dropsheets and sealing off cupboards, covering furniture and having an awareness of what your equipment is  doing.

We use good dust extraction equipment and that is for my staff just as much as your house, as dust is a nasty thing to get up your nose all day long.

Dust is also a real health hazard for the people working with it so spare a thought for the guys having to get the finish and wood off your floor to make it look nice.

Offer them a nice cup of joe or just a plain old lemon from the bottom of the fridge will do if they look like a sour-face.