Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which carried gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a great quantity of almug wood and precious stones. From the almug wood the king made supports for the house of the Lord, and for the king’s house, lyres also and harps for the singers; no such almug wood has come or been seen to this day. - 1 Kings 10:11-12
I didn't have any almug trees cut down this year, but did have a couple of oaks taken down.
As summer winds down, and it starts to become almost bearable to work outdoors, we have been busy adding to the woodpile. Unfortunately for me, the bugs have been doing their best to slow my progress. Work was temporarily halted after a very hungry caterpillar got under my shirt and expressed his dislike for his new home.
Now I know how Solomon's workers must have felt.
I took this picture about a third of the way through the job.
It needs to cool off another 10-20 degrees or more for the bugs to get less aggressive so I can start splitting wood.
I recall that Solomon had plenty of hewers of wood available.
"And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;" 1 Kings 5:15(KJV)Oh, how I wish I had a wood splitter.