Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Rembrandt Treehab. Rehab for everyone.

Woodland Stewardship Institute
Rembrandt Tree Care

Rehabilitation Program
This is not a suicide assistance facility!

True religion begins with stewardship. There's no free ride. So many people are spoiled, careless, and irresponsible. They think they can have their cake and eat it too. They expect to perpetuate all their idols. Waste, extravagance, and addictions. Just let the government, and employers pay for it. Some call this freedom. Some call it fun. Some even call it Christianity. It's still suicide! The New Testament writers say. The worst thing we have to fear is the Anti-Christ. That means impersonator. The devil will deceive the whole world in Jesus' name. Fake Christianity will overcome every nation kindred tongue and people. At the same time this is also the vehicle that will help bring the truth of God's Word to everyone. There will be a minority of people in every land who " Keep the Commandments of God and have the [true] faith of Jesus ". Revelation 14 : 12.
Several years ago. We adopted a no smoking policy. Absolutely no smoking on the job. This was a great improvement. Someone told me. "If you really want to screen potential employees, just tell them you do random drug testing ". The problem is, you can't help people if they don't want you to. This is the greatest deception of the human mind. "I'm good, I'm fine, my religion is right, I belong to the right club, 'I have need of nothing', Rev. 3 : 17." Usually, addicts are not interested anything but money to continue on down that dead end street. The question is, how can you really help people. The reality is, we all have blinders on, and we all need to be on a rehab program all the time. Life is about learning. This program is for people who want to live. "We parish for lack of knowledge". True freedom comes with discipleship. We are free to do what's right. Anything else is slavery. You can go to a lot of trouble to try and find good employees. Pay them good money. Only to find that they are incorrigible. When you quit learning, you quit living. We don't want to discriminate against people as long as they're willing to learn and willing to work. Willing to try and keep trying, and not look back. Luke 9 : 62.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Wood Stock Investments

Woodland Stewardship Institute
Wood Stock
More than 30 years ago I started cutting trees because I was crazy about wood. I loved to make things out of it. All the varieties of species and types of wood and all their different qualities and uses fascinated me. Of course this led into the tree business. Used to take my logs to our good old friends Earl and Sally Arndt in Juliaetta Idaho. These were great memories. Earl had a sawmill he built himself along with his wood shop and various other tools he had made. Wood is so interesting. I would never tire of seeing a new pattern of grain and color with every cut. He built the most beautiful grandfather clocks. Made from walnut, cherry, ash, locust, maple, sycamore, oak, etc. We still have a lot of that wood. I kept Earl supplied with wood and my share went to my collection.
Now after all these years of collecting wood and having others saw it up, we have our own mill. Also after all these years most of the hardwood in this area is still going to waste. Hauled to the dump and buried at a high cost, or burned for firewood. This is a crime against nature. We don't believe in wasting anything. Especially our natural resources. The logistics of establishing a hardwood supply have always been overwhelming. You have to acquire trees and logs. You have to haul them. You need room for a log yard. You have to do the milling. You need acres of storage to keep it all dry. Then the marketing. And you need to acquire enough inventory so that people will learn that you have what they want when they want it.
This is the strategy I've had in mind for several years. We have wood galore here. Logs and lumber and slices and slabs of wood with a potential value of hundreds of thousands of dollars. And there's a lot more where that came from. We are often paid to get rid of wood for people because no one will take it. We just need investors willing to buy inventory at 50% of minimum retail value. This way there is no debt and no risk. That equates to 30 cents a board ft. for softwoods and $1.50 a board ft. for hardwoods. The base price for good softwood is 600 dollars a thousand board ft. and hardwoods start at $3.00 a board ft. This would enable us to keep the mill going and provide steady work for 2 people. There is a risk then of having inventory you can't sell. My strategy then is. If you have a good selection and a good supply it is inevitably going to sell. You will have a certain amount of by product and surplus material to deal with. This is where the wood shop and manufacturing come in. Later we will write about the Woodland Structures Inc. and some of those inventions and ideas.
Stock holders will have certain options and benefits for reclaiming their investment. They can trade back for any lumber or wood they might want at cost plus 10%. This means they can basically get the wood they want at wholesale price. Of course the other option is. When the wood sells they can make 20 or 30 % on their investment.
The other part of the agreement is that we can buy the wood here on site and use it at cost plus 10% for our wood shop and manufacturing.
What makes this whole thing work is the little metal dog tags that we will use to tag everything and keep track of it. See the articles below about our qualified wood program.