April 25th, 2008

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I learned someting today

I don't really like chainsaws, but damn I'm good with one.

That isn't what I learned though.

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What I learned is that the long curly bits of sawdust that aren't really dust at all, that come from ripping along the grain (as opposed to crosscutting across the grain), are called excelsior.

So I asked, "Why is it called that?" Because to me, excelsior should be the name for something grand or superior that isn't wood shavings. Apparently, "It just is."

So, um, anyone care to enlighten me? How did something so lowly get such a grandiose name?

There will be more chainsawing tomorrow. Because I can.