Don't Fence Me In

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above 
Don't fence me in 
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love 
Don't fence me in 
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze 
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees 
Send me off forever but I ask you please 
Don't fence me in. 

And so begins a new chapter of Go Wood.

I imagine everyone out there has run into a situation where you felt like someone was trying to fence you in, trying to make you conform to some nebulous standard which is clear only to them. It can be frustrating...but hey, that's life. It happens to us all sooner or later.

And when it does, and we jump the fence and break into the clear, it can be invigorating. Fresh wind at our back, new companions to ride with, new places to see and conquer.  A chance to listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees just for the pleasure of it. Without the constraints that hobbled us in the past...

I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences 
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses 
I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences 
Don't fence me in.

The image of a hobbled horse out on the open range is how many of us find ourselves in this new, strange world we live in. Everything imaginable is out there, but we can only reach the limited bit of grass our hobbles allow. But then someone, or something, comes along and releases those hobbles, and we can run free where our spirit carries us. The world is new again...we're seeing everything with children's eyes once more. And there is a lot to see.

And so we'll see and share a lot of new things here at Go Wood. The world is changing, and the ability to share and learn together online means that eventually, good things and good ideas will take the place of misperceptions and false assumptions. We'll do our part to make sure that folks understand that wood is good...and that it can be harvested, machined, and enjoyed sustainably for as long as we walk the earth.

I hope you enjoy the ride.

Even if you're in a bad mood, this will have you smiling and singing along by the end of the song.

Go Wood.

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Carla said…
Go Wood! Thank you, Chuck.
Lee said…
Go go wood!
College football is back and now Go Wood is too!
Fitzy said…
I am so glad you brought Go Wood back. I know it was more than a labor of love, it was a calling !
Hope your listeners will enjoy and contribute to your continuing blog. Roy Rodgers brought up many
memories for me and my dad. Back in the day, Roy owned a chunk of Chris Craft boat company. My family's
company supplied wood to Chris Craft and Roy loved wooden boats. Met at Chicago Boat show.

Chuck Ray said…
Hey, how much better can it get? :-)
Chuck Ray said…
And thank you, Carla.
Chuck Ray said…
Interesting way to put it, Fitzy. Sometimes we're called to something and don't realize it until others bring it to our attention.

Great lead on Roy and Chris Craft...I'll have to look into that. Sounds like a story. :-)
Ed Herst said…
Knock it out of the ball park, Chuck! With a WOOD bat. Definitely NOT an aluminum one.
Unknown said…
Thanks Chuck,always enjoy your articale.
We missed you at the annual IWCS meeting in St. Charles, Missouri.
Gary Green said…
Hi Chuck, In Indiana fences are used to keep something like livestock or pets in. I've noticed in many parts of the country they are used to keep people out. Just a week ago I was in West Texas collecting wood specimens and found on the map a place called Madera (wood in English) Canyon. Access was an unimproved road off a state highway about 50 miles from where I was camping. I jofully drove there to find a big fancy elecronically controlled gate that closed off the road. As I set there examining my map for an alternate route, the ranch owner pulled out in his freshly waxed black Escalade giving me a look to kill. He just sat there waiting for me to leave which I did. Don't fence me out!

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