Have you ever tried sawing through copper and lead in a bullet-ridden log? No? Well, you’re missing out on one heck of a time. In Big Bend, California, I had the opportunity to mill some Douglas Fir logs that had been the target of patrons in the local saloon, dating back to the early 1800’s, it was a local landmark. Cutting damaged logs might sound like a terrible idea, but trust me, it was a blast (pun intended). Not only was I laughing, but laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face. I had a great experience along with the frustration of dulling my blades and cursing ugly logs.

Sawing Copper in a Bullet-Ridden Log

There’s something so thrilling about taking on a challenge that seems completely ridiculous. The idea of sawing a log full of bullet holes might seem absurd, but trust me, it’s worth trying. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with knowing you’re doing something that most people would never even think to attempt. Exposing history in so many boards was exciting.

Of course, sawing a bullet-ridden log isn’t exactly cheep. It takes a little patience, and you’ll probably go through more blades than you care to admit. But there’s something about the sound of the saw cutting through the metal that’s incredibly satisfying. And when you finally see that first board with copper and lead appear, it’s like hitting the jackpot.

Dulling Blades: An Ode to Cutting Costs

Let’s be real, most of us have used a cheap blades that broke on us at the worst possible moment. It’s frustrating, it’s annoying, and it’s enough to make you want to throw something. But when you’re sawing copper in a bullet-ridden log, dulling you blades becomes a regular occurrence. It’s almost a rite of passage.

Sure, it might be a pain to keep replacing blades, but there’s something almost meditative about the process. You get into a rhythm, and before you know it, you’ve gone through a whole box of blades. The boards have an attractive pattern that show the accuracy of the shooters. And when you finally finish sawing through that copper, you feel like you’ve accomplished something truly great.

Laughing Hard with a Log Full of Holes

Let’s face it, sawing copper and lead in a bullet-ridden log is just plain ridiculous. It’s the kind of thing that makes you laugh until your sides hurt. But that’s what makes it so great. You’re doing something that’s completely absurd, and you’re having a blast while doing it.

It’s the kind of experience that you’ll remember for years to come, and it’s something that you can share with others. Every time you break out that bullet-ridden lumber, you’ll be reminded of the fun you had sawing copper and lead. And who knows, maybe you’ll inspire someone else to try something equally ridiculous.

Sawing a bullet-ridden log might not be the most practical or efficient way to get the job done, but it’s definitely one of the most fun. The end product was unique and made for a one of a kind woodworking project that cant be easily found anywhere. The bragging rites will last a lifetime and cant be replaced with the average sawmill experience. So go ahead, if you find an old target tree, give it a try. Dull some blades, curse some ugly logs, and laugh until your sides hurt. It’s an experience you won’t forget.


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