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As y'all may have heard, it got pretty cold down here in Texas a few weeks back.  BRRRR was it cold!  Our temperature lows in Katy were in the low teens, well below what we've seen down here for 30-plus years. Our family was without power for a few days, and the grandparents were without water for weeks.   Thankfully we're more or less recovered from the cold.  We have new-found respect for all of our friends who live further north than Houston, TX!   Here are our youngest three playing in a snow-filled trampoline.     Fortunately, we have been able...

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    You never know what you'll find when you cut into a log, especially with Texas Mesquite.  This one was a fun surprise.  As we were cutting 1" slabs off of it, it gave us a great look at the small branch that cuts through the trunk.  We sliced through it at least 6 different times, from near-pith all the way to the bark.  In several of them, it formed a nearly perfect human eye (boards M-1019 and M-1020).  I think it's fascinating to see how the branch itself eroded away, leaving its bark in place.  The "eyebrow" appears...

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We're an old company, but our web site is brand new.  This year we're celebrating our 22nd year of our family business, providing unique Texas woods to customers all over the world.   In addition to the new site, we're expanding our family business to a new generation.  Lloyd Stahl, who has spent the last 20+ years sawing and turning, is handing the operations over to his kids and grandkids.  Our new generation is busy at work with the chainsaw, at the sawmill, and in the woodshop.  Leslie Neal, Lloyd's daughter, is taking on most of the work (and fun!) -- and is joined...

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