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Family turns downed trees into valuable lumber

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GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A Glastonbury family is turning their raw resources into valuable lumber once again, which is a passion they discovered more than two years ago following a big storm.

It started in 2012, right after Glastonbury property owner Mike Farley had a lot of trees come down during Winter Storm Alfred.

Instead of having it go to waste, he brought in Terrific Timbers LLC to help turn it into lumber, and last summer that lumber ended up helping to build a custom home.

"Quite often you'll see a big tree dropped and they cut it up and turn it into firewood. (It's) kind of a shame because those could be served locally for lumber uses," Farley said.

Most recently, the crew has been working to turn Red Oak logs into someone's hardwood flooring.

"If you're interested in having great flooring someday out of this oak, you really need to spend the time up front creating a platform so all this will level out nicely," Farley added.

Matt Basile has spent his college summers working for the Farleys, and has picked up some tricks of the trade.

"How to use a saw, just down to how to use a rake, how to use a shovel, work with your hands – (it) teaches you the value of a dollar," Basile said.

The Farleys estimate for every tree they cut down, they plant five to 10 more.

"Love using what you have, moving stuff around, not throwing stuff away, thinking about the next generation and always having things there for them," said Amy Farley, adding that this is the family's form of recycling.

Now that they've found this passion and form of recycling, they expect to stick with it for years to come.

"If I take down big trees we're going to do it again, it just seems like the right thing to do with the property," Mike Farley said.

Eyewitness News spoke with this family a few years ago as well. Read that story here to see how far they have come.

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