it was supposed to become cherished heirloom furniture….

…..but it burned, every bit of it.

Some 20,000 board feet of planked local hardwood, carefully curated and stored to dry and age at McMartin and Beggins Furniture makers was destroyed in a fire last night at the McMartin and Beggins complex in Wittman.

Here’s what’s left of the shed.

Walnut. Cherry. Poplar. Red cedar. Maple. It goes on. Jim and Jim have been collecting this wood for years. In fact, they could tell you about every log – where it came from, when they got it, what they planned to make from it for a future client.

Their back workshop also caught on fire and was destroyed. And more could have gone if a neighbor hadn’t spied the fire at 11:00 last night. Wittman is rural, and the fire departments are all volunteer. If that neighbor hadn’t been up last night, it could have been far worse, with other sheds close to the property line near residential homes.

The fire marshal is investigating it as arson.

Here’s a link to the story on the Talbot Spy.  So sorry for our dear friends Jim McMartin and Jim Beggins.

~ by kbosin on June 25, 2012.

4 Responses to “it was supposed to become cherished heirloom furniture….”

  1. Sorry to hear sad news. With that fire and the one on Kent Island, geez, that’s too many too close and so much loss. 😦

  2. Oh my, what a tragedy!!! So sorry to hear the news. . . who would ever even think of doing that?!?

  3. Just the saddest and most senseless imaginable act. So very sorry for the Beggins and the McMartins.

  4. Oh my gosh, just what a tragedy!!! So sorry to hear what is the news. . . who’d ever even consider doing that?!?

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