with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Love Letters of Wood

Photograph of a large piece of Douglas Fir wood for a workbench with sale sign. Photograph by Brent VanFossen.

A text and a chat alerted me to Brent getting way to excited about sharing something with me. I was driving, so it had to wait until I was in a safe place. The alerts on my phone instructed me to check my email for a love letter.

This is what I got.


I checked the beams in the garage last night. The first two I checked were at 34% moisture content – which is the maximum my meter will read. I also measured 24% and 20% depending on the piece.

I went to Restore again today. I found a beam that is thick and straight and dry and already glued up. 6″ x 15″ x 18′ for $2 a foot = $36 total. So I paid for it and will pick it up tomorrow. I’ll cut it in half with the chain saw. The wood inside is beautiful, looks like Douglas Fir, and the grain is all vertical, very tight and as nice as or nicer that the beams we got from the barn.

Photos attached.

Love you!


This is my version of a love letter from my husband. Sure, everyone needs mushy words of love and devotion, but after twenty years together, I get excited more when he’s excited. For the past two years, anything made of wood gets his passion flowing.

I love it.

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