Bob Conyea will describe how the wood stove & chainsaw industry have grown over the years. For instance, following the first Arab oil embargo in the early '70s, both industries took off as more Americans turned to wood heat & implements to cut down trees (chainsaws) to avoid high oil costs. During the embargo's peak in the '80s, the industry was selling 2 million wood stoves a year.
Bob Conyea is co-owner of Ashokan Turf & Timber in Shokan, Ulster County, NY. He's a veteran wood-burner, chainsaw mechanic, and history buff.