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He has turned out pieces under the lathe, into wooden boxes with lids having threads. He says the wood takes threads beautifully, working in the shop under metal tools just like brass. The wood is of course very heavy and will sink in water. Stamper is very enthusiastic about its density and close fine grain. He did not know there were two species but recognized distinctive characters in the two pieces. He speaks of a native cal. "sassafras"_ wood at Ukiah in Dr. Hudson's house which I do not place by the name. It is sawn into lumber or at least some "planks were made from it." When I told
_ = Torreya californica
29 Nov. 1912.
Stamper about looking up at the Sierra wall above Owen's Lake, puzzled at the curiously palmately and irregularly branching up-hill trails which showed up very distinctly from below, and that these trails represented woodsmen's burro trails packing out Cercocarpus ledifolius firewood for the mines in the desert, he exclaimed "They ought to be ashamed of themselves!!" It is needless to say that they are not ashamed of themselves, that they haven't any such feelings, but are mighty glad in a desert land to get such good firewood! I said I had been on the Colorado in a rowboat. Gracious, said Stamper, I'd never go on it. It looks too ugly wherever I have seen it.
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