I’ve now been to the “lumber yard” here twice, to pick up wood for a work bench, the first time, and today for bunk beds. It’s a comical experience, and I’ll let my pictures do most of the talking.
There are two types of woods available here- “Mango-type” and Sahl. I believe this just means softwood and hardwood, but I’m really not sure. The mango type woods are lightweight, flimsy, and costs about 40 Rupees per kilogram. Sahl is heavy, extremely expensive (ie, maybe 10 times the price of other available lumber), and beautiful, with a deep mahogany color of orange-tinted and densely swirling grain.
The lumber yard itself looks like a tornado came through. The main boss is an overweight guy, always sitting in the shade at the front cabin, whose general demeanor just exudes laziness. I don’t care for him. Elsewhere in the lumber yard are huge criss-crossing piles of rough cut lumber- as if the cur on the saw is 3 times bigger than it needs to be- with lengths varying from piece to piece and dimensions varying along the length of each piece, as if the guy operating the bandsaw was on the laughing gas I saw at Notting Hill Carnival. On top of some of these piles are workers taking naps.
Some of the wood is in huge blocks, some that are maybe 6″x12″ and 8 feet long. These are fed through a huge bandsaw which, as was the case in my first visit, is only as reliable as the electric grid (we waited 45 minutes for the power to come on). The guy who feeds the wood through looks Vietnamese, and has a concentrated face that looks like he’d be really good at cutting straight lines.
He sucks, though. I just don’t understand what is so difficult about cutting straight lines with a bandsaw. In fact, it’s not even that I don’t understand- I know for a fact it’s not difficult. The guy just doesn’t care.
Anyway, I procured some wood and used it to make the workbench below. The next project, which I started today, is making some bunkbed prototypes. The planning for the New School is starting to accelerate pretty rapidly, but it’s fun to have a couple projects going on at the same time.