It's OK, Boss...somebody has to buy those. Beautiful pictures/setups.
Great tip on treating/staining the wood. The pictures look like it works a treat!
I like the cross cut saws on your wall. I helped an old time logger from Louisiana cut down about a 5' diameter oak about 40 years ago with one of those. ONLY ONCE, trust me...super hard but it did work.
He was about 55 or 60 years old at the time...my friend and I were in our 20's...it was Jon's father. Mr. Perkins told us when we heard the first little peep of noise like wood tearing to run like hell. We sawed where he told, heard a creak, both turned to take off running and he was already about 30 yards up on top of the hill...looking at us like, "What's taking you youngsters so long????"
That's an awesome story, and yes the staining works amazingly. About to stain a chicken coop "expansion" I just built to match the original hen house... because somehow I'm up to 40 chickens (Step 1 of dad's anonymous is to admit you are powerless over your daughter). My dad gave me those saws but I'm certain he never used them. His similarly probably not-so-great-advice for cutting down trees was to stand as close to the trunk as possible when it starts to go because then you can easily "sidestep around it away from the direction it was falling".
On the $1000 fan... agreed that's a lot, but I've lost enough money to learn to just buy the right one up front and you'll save in the long run. I've also learned the even more valuable lesson that when your wife loves a $1000 fan and you try to explain how ridiculous that is for a ceiling fixture that blows air around when we already have air conditioning... that it would have probably been a lot easier path to just buy the fan without trying to rationalize the purchase.