We were having selected harvesting done on our property.
They were removing the oldest trees to make room for the younger trees to grow.
In the fifteen years since we moved into our homes, the ten acres of woods we loved so dearly had doubled in size and we no longer had enough sun to grow flowers or vegetables. Selective harvesting was the best way to have this done. We got paid for the wood, but we also got to choose anything we wanted to keep. We chose three maple trees that we wanted in boards so we could have a homemade table built for us. We also wante to have have custom chairs to match the table. The maple was beautiful with its reddish brown color. Red maple was always my favoite when it came to creating custom tables and chairs. Our son-in-law was a furniture maker, and he always got to keep all the wood that was leftover from his projects. He told us that two of the large trees would be enough for the table and chairs, so we chose to keep three red maple trees. Once he finished our custom wood table and chairs, we were thrilled, and he had enough wood to make a chiffarobe for our daughter. He swore us to secrecy about the chiffarobe. He said she had been asking for a piece of custom furniture for their bedroom, and this red maple would give him what he needed to give it to her for her birthday. We were getting our custom table and chairs, and our daughter was getting a birthday present.