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A Rural Landmark, McShan Lake


Located across U.S. Hwy 82 from McShan Lumber Company, McShan Lake has been a local landmark since 1953. Click the link for J.T. McShan's history of McShan Lake.

McShan Lake, winter 2016
Drone flyover of McShan Lake, winter 2016

2016 Wood Design Awards highlights outstanding timber construction
WoodWorks has revealed its winners for the 2016 Wood Design Awards. Intended to promote the benefits of building from timber, this year's 16 winners comprise a varied assortment, including a fire station, museum, library, and pavilion

Firewood ministry heats up
In recent years, elected officials have increasingly advocated giving public funds to religious i nstitutions to provide social services. During his tenure in the White  House, President George W. Bush mad e the "faith-based" initiative a top priority of his domestic policy. Today, President Barack Obama advocates continuing the initiative with certain revisions.
But debate and skepticism over federal funding of faith based programs remains. Churches and other houses of worship are free to spread their beliefs. But they are expected to raise their own funds through the voluntary contributions of the faithful.

Here in rural Alabama a particular initiative to help the less fortunate was started by a local church. The driving force behind this initiative happened to be one of McShan Lumber's primary logging contractors.  MRJ Logging, members of the the Men's Ministry of Ethelsville Baptist Church in Pickens County minister to their community through a firewood giveaway ministry. The McShan Plane Dealer featured this ministry in 2014 when they delivered over 50 loads of firewood to needy residents of the county. The most recent giveaway was February 6 and we are happy to report that 118 loads of firewood were delivered to help heat homes and fuel the soul.
The success of this ministry is based on human compassion, humility, community and simple hard work. The time and expense were freely given by all of the community members that participated.  We can't help but believe that this is the truest form of a "faith based initiative". 

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It all started in Montgomery
McShan Lumber's Gee Allgood greets fellow AFA members at the February 18 Tuscaloosa. Al regional reception and district meeting where over 150 were registered.  Gee serves as the AFA Warrior District director.
On May 6, 1949, a group of individuals met at the Jefferson Davis Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama and formed the Alabama Forest Products Association. Some 22 years later the AFPA would become the Alabama Forestry Association, celebrating in 2016, 67 years of continuous growth and progress in the forest products industry.
At the 1949 meeting, membership dues were set at $10.00 per annum, plus three cents per thousand for all lumber invoiced each month, other than rough green lumber to concentration yards or other mills. And at a time when few Americans had TV sets, the Board voted to spend up to $500.00 to make a motion picture to "show all the new and labor-saving features of small sawmills." It was noted this would be helpful "in face of the 75-cent minimum wage."
McShan Lumber has been active in the association with J.T. McShan serving a president in 1970-1971 and Grover Allgood as president in 1995-1996. The leadership continues with Gee Allgood serving as District Director. 
The Alabama Forestry Association is one of the most powerful trade associations in the State of Alabama. 
Calculated Risk
The economics blogosphere was invented in early 2005 by a retired technology executive in Southern California named Bill McBride.
From his perch in Newport Beach, CA he could see first hand the people taking out loans worth 10x their income, filling their garages with Harleys and Boats that they obviously couldn't afford.
McBride founded his finance blog, Calculated Risk, to warn the world about a looming housing market collapse. As his analyses proved increasingly on the mark, he gained the attention of notable economists and his audience grew.  These days, Calculated Risk has become a go-to source for Wall Street, the media, academics and anyone else looking for authoritative analysis of housing and the broader economy. When McBride makes a prediction - as when he called a housing bottom early in 2012 - the housing world takes note.

Plywood on Steroids
A new kind of engineered lumber is being tested at the University of Maine. This new "plywood on steroids" could compete with other construction materials like concrete and steel.
George Washington's
           rules of
Civility & Decent Behavior

This is the eighth of eleven McShan Plane Dealer newsletters featuring 10 of the 110 rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.
By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110  Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation . They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington's schoolmaster. The first English translation of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins, the twelve-year-old son of a doctor. 

Today many, if not all of these rules, sound a little fussy if not downright silly. It would be easy to dismiss them as outdated and appropriate to a time of powdered wigs and quills, but they reflect a focus that is increasingly difficult to find. The rules have in common a focus on other people rather than the narrow focus of our own self-interests that we find so prevalent today. Fussy or not, they represent more than just manners. They are the small sacrifices that we should all be willing to make for the good of all and the sake of living together. 

81.  Be not curious to know the affairs of others neither approach those that speak in private.

82.  Undertake not what you cannot perform but be careful to keep your promise.

83.  When you deliver a matter do it without passion & with discretion, however mean the person be you do it too.

84.  When your superiors talk to any body hearken not neither speak nor laugh.

85.   In company of these of higher quality than yourself speak not til you are asked a question then stand upright put of your hat & answer in few words.

86.  In disputes, be not so desirous to overcome as not to give liberty to each one to deliver his opinion and submit to the judgment of the major part especially if they are judges of the dispute.

87.  Let thy carriage be such as becomes a man grave settled and attentive to that which is spoken. Contradict not at every turn what others say.

88.  Be not tedious in discourse, make not many digressions, nor repeat often the same manner of discourse.

89.  Speak not evil of the absent for it is unjust.

90.  Being set at meat scratch not neither spit cough or blow your nose except there's a necessity for it. be continued

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Quotes on Fire and Wood

1.  "The nation needs to return to the colonial way of life, when a wife was judged by the amount of wood she could split." W.C. Fields

2.  "Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read." - Francis Bacon

3.   "People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results." - Albert Einstein

4.  "Chop your own firewood and it will warm you twice." - African Proverb

5.  "To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world." Charles Dudley Warner

6.  "One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet." Odell Shepherd

7.  "Fire is the most tolerable third party." Henry David Thoreau

8.  "How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?" Christy Whitehead

9. "Let us ensure that as long as the sun shines down on us, fires will continue to warm the body and soul of humanity." Ted Kesik

10. "The most tangible of all visible mysteries - fire." Leigh Hunt

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