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Dalbergia calycinia – Rare highland variety of cocobolo rosewood in Escazu, Costa Rica

I’m so happy about this…I work mainly with Cocobolo, a rosewood of Central America, and eventually learned that sometimes I was buying a highland variety. After some years, I’d found it twice, growing above 4000 ft elevation, and finally found some in seed. We planted some,and after only 8 years three are in seed!

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Doing laundry with Chumico Soapseed in Costa Rica

I gathered a hatful of soapseeds below a big tree in the lower pasture, turns out they’re great for doing laundry. Put the rind from 5-6 seeds in a cloth bag and toss them in with non white clothing, does 5 loads. I love the tropics!

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Brush fire behind Biesanz Woodworks

In 1999 the sawdust pile caught fire, and we couldn’t put it out. We emptied out our water tank on it; no luck. We hired a water transport truck and dumped that on it – three times. Finally we hired a backhoe and had it move the sawdust around while we poured water on. That did the trick. Took four days total.

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