painpaingoaway...I am impressed with your knowledge of wood quality!
I like what you say about swinging even a sharp axe into difficult wood. I remember one time, early in our marriage, it was a cold winters day...I was splitting frozen northern red oak...and it exploded apart when I hit it with my axe. My wife came out to watch...was impressed...and wanted to try it. I gave her my axe...let her swing away...she never split the log. She thanked me for the opportunity, handed me the axe, and went back inside.
At that moment I kicked the piece of American elm off the splitting block and went back to the red oak! (elm has a cross grain to it...almost impossible to split...oak has radial grain and easily splits...made easier by being frozen!)
My point? My example is very simplistic here. Where it really fails in comparison to working on the affair is that logs cant change their grain...an elm will always be an elm and stay impossible to split.
People on the other hand CAN change and open up in ways you never would have thought possible...I have witnessed this first hand within myself...so I KNOW it CAN happen.
Now...will it happen with my wife? I don't know. I just know at this point in time I have energy to keep swinging my axe...keep sharpening....keep swinging. Yes, I know it appears to be an American elm log right now...but my next swing might just find that the log turned into frozen northern red oak.
That is faith and hope. I got no facts to support this...but faith and hope can exist where facts don't exist.
God be with us all.
thanks again painpaingoaway...a woman who knows something about our natural world is very attractive, impressive to me...it is one of the first things that attracted me to my wife. Oh, and she took second in speed chop in college so she knows how to swing an axe....we were on the same college forestry team together...those were good days.