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I've always associated timber with a yelled warning: "Timber!" That meant a tree was coming down, and you'd better not be in its path.
Timber must have got switched here as a falling it goes
My most important source of knowledge here is Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion. A friend calls it the best American novel. I recommend it totally. Now, without cracking the book to see how wood is referenced, I would say this fact needs more research, since we do say timber for falling trees.
really interesting Adam!
I've always known it as lumber.
That's pretty interesting.
Here in Australia - both words are used. Lumber and Timber.Where the logs are processed for building purposes, the yardsare sometimes called "LUMBER YARDS" and on other signs "TIMBER YARDS".I don't think it really matters.Colin
I grew up on a sawmill so I know lumber yards but my dad would often say he had to go scale some timber.
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