Doug Lavender is a quiet, soft-spoken kind of guy. As the owner of Myers Cedar Yard in Lampasas, he’s just about seen it all when it comes to the fencing trade, and now his eyes light up. Lavender has some fond recollections of the colorful characters that supply his cedar supply businesses.
“Choppers (the still-current term for the men who cut the ashe junipers, even though chainsaws have replaced axes) are definitely one-of-a-kind,” he said. “You had your Kerrville (based) clan as well as choppers in this (Central Texas) area. They’re separate, and each group was full of kin — maybe 15 interrelated families would descend on a big ranch, pitch tents and live there for months, if need be, until all the cedar was harvested. It’s a hard existence and the people were rugged.”
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