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With my father's carpenter tools I tackled this palm tree. Thinking back I now wonder how I had the courage as a fifteen year old to take on such size. I had made things from wood and had entered a model car for the Fisher Body Craftmen's Guild, a nationally held car-design competition sponsored by General Motor’s Fisher Body Division competition. That was apple wood; but this palm tree "wood" resembled a bundle of tightly packed ropes or even straws. It was a good lesson to learn that wood has a grain. I wouldn't really want to call this material wood by the way.