RicelandMeadows


Still Chewing Away!
December 11, 2014, 8:50 am
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That is a big tree!

That is a big tree!

December 11, 2014

Little by little and piece by piece I am getting this tree made into firewood for the sugarhouse. After almost six straight days of work and eighteen large sled loads of wood, I have only just begun to make a dent in the job. It is almost fun watching the wood pile up,  like the loaves and fishes story, there seems to be an unending supply!

Yesterday, we dragged all of the top logs up out of the water and to a place where they can be cut and split. It took most of the afternoon, but at the end of the day, progress could be seen. We will have two days working up those logs, then the real work begins, as we tackle the large trunk.

I am sure we will be much of the winter reducing this old dead matron to sugarwood, but at least I won’t be looking for something to do. I have been involved with trees and logs for much of my adult life, but this giant of a tree still amazes me. The work is hard, but worth every minute of effort.

I think the horses enjoy the cutting and splitting days, because they get the day off. I am not sure how that all works, I don’t get a day off 😮 But I do get the benefit from all of the hard work….theirs and mine!

Top logs waiting to be worked up.

Top logs waiting to be worked up.


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Wow, this is like the Neverending Story, that tree must have been enormous, did you measure a circumference of the base before you started cutting it up?

Comment by jennyrecorder

Jenny, the tree was hollow about 12 feet up from the ground. I will get the base measurement for an upcoming post. Yesterday, my oldest son and his family stood inside the trunk of the tree…there was plenty of room for more people. It is a massive tree.

Comment by ricelandmeadows

Ralph,
Thank you for your most interesting blog. I’ve been reading for about two months now. Keep up the good work!
You and your farm are an inspiration to me! Blessings to you and your family!

Comment by Todd Frey

Todd, thanks for following along. I am glad to share what I know and do. Hope to meet you one day.

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