Where (some) Chinese wood went

The demolition of ancient Chinese buildings, particularly those in Olympics-crazed Beijing, has been grabbing headlines recently. But one Central Virginia firm found a way to make lemonade out of that lemony trend of destruction.

Mountain Lumber, based in Ruckersville, released the tale and pix two years ago showing how it secured some massive loads of centuries-old Chinese elm timbers. Perhaps most amazing was the image of the guy hefting a giant log while wearing flip-flops.

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Personally, I think it's kind of sad to see all of those ancient structures being sacrificed for something like the Olympics. I know the homes, buildings, and temples probably would have succumbed to the ravages of time anyway, but I just hate to see the destruction sped along. Know what I mean? So the next time I go to Beijing, it will probably look like every other modern city in the world rather than the unique place it once was.