Woke up this morning knowing I had to spend my day outside. Got some old solar panels taken down and the rack cut up and was planning on dropping a few maples and getting them cut and split. All part of my quest to increase the size of my yard and move the tree line a bit farther away from my house. Completely forgot that my wife was going to be out all day/evening, so those plans changed since I've got my 4 year old daughter to manage. She loves watching a tree come down, but doesn't like the sound of the chainsaw...nor do I want to have my mind wandering while dropping a tree near my house. Playing in the yard only entertained her so long and I wasn't keen on spending anymore time inside given the pristine weather. All of my quality hardwood is split and stacked. So I eye up this 1.5-2 cords of white willow that I quartered and neatly stacked behind my house in October. If you recall, the thing fell on my house during Sandy and I had a tree crew out to get it down. It was actually supposed to be cut down the day it hit the house. My boss said he wanted the wood, but only picked up a load, otherwise the crew was going to cut into small chunks and shred it. So it's sitting there, I want to be outside, so I figure what the heck. Sharpened up the fiskers (nicked my thumb pretty good doing so) and spent 4 hrs on it. I know it's crap wood, but I've got 3/4 of it processed. Am I crazy for spending time on it? I'm not a 24/7 burner but burn most evenings and will occasionally have an ambiance fire as late as June when there is still a bit of chill in the air in the evenings here. I hear everyone complain about it but read about coppicing in the UK and figure it can't be that bad. It might just be willow, but it was a heckuva lot more dry than when I quartered it in October. I couldn't even get the fiskars to work on it since it was so wet it just swallowed it then. Today, the fiskars worked fine and other than a few mushy spots here and there, it was fairly dry comparatively. Managed to kill a bazillion carpenter ants, who fortunately were still a bit sluggish. Even had a mouse family in one quarter. Scurried off into the field where hopefully some predator is making dinner out of them.