Work Done in 2019

thewoodlands Posted By thewoodlands, Jan 8, 2019 at 5:40 PM

  1. thewoodlands

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    @Woody Stover , @heavy hammer , every time I thought the rain had stopped for the day and I could start cutting.....it would start to rain hard again so I cleaned all the saws real good. With the ash I stacked and what still needs to be stacked from last year and everything I'll cut this spring, I'm thinking I'll have between 10-12 face cord.

    I did put more pine in later today since the temp might hit 37 tonight.
     
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    Thewoodlands nice looking pile of ash! I think dryer warmer temps are heading your way were supposed to be in the 60's and 70's coming up. I have grass to mow with the tractor wood to move etc. It's time for the rain to stop for a few days.
     
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    The farmers are way behind up here, they have mallards in the fields instead of crops.
     
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    I felled seven more ash today, that includes the small one that's bucked up in pic 9100. I did drag four logs out with the 4540, I'll probably buck everything up in the gully so the logs stay clean but I'll need an area to split in.
     

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    That looks like some straight, easy splitting, right there. I'd be tempted to split some of that by hand, just so I could feel like I wasn't over the hill yet. ;lol Wife might be impressed too...she doesn't really know how easy that stuff flies apart. ;)
     
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    I bucked up two of the ash trees that are in the gully and then pulled one out with the 4540 that's down further from the first couple of pics. I did move some of the rounds from pic 9103 to the splitter area.
     

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    This weekend I hope to get a few cords processed. I have a couple piles of logs that need to get sorted. Anything over 10" get saved for lumber, the rest are firewood.
     
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    This nice weather has been nice, tomorrow it's supposed to rain but I still might split.

    Don't forget some pics from your work. :)
     
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    Well, nothing to write home about but it was finally dry enough for a day to start splitting. I have around 3 cords of rounds left over from last fall that didn't get split so started on that today.

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    No kidding, I always forget. My wife tells me the same thing, but she's just as bad as me!
     
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    Nice work @EODMSgt , it looks like you have a bunch of splitting still left.

    Nice looking friend.
     
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    My German Shepherd loves to be outside with me while I work, even if I'm using loud stuff like the chipper shredder or chainsaw. I have him on a run 30' away from where I'm working. Until just now I didn't know there was dog hearing protection, but I might just have to get some for him.
     
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    Thanks. Yeah, the mind says I can do more but the body just doesn't work like it used to. Supposed to start raining again this evening into tomorrow anyway so maybe I'll get back to it on Saturday. With this stuff done, that'll give me 8 cord (more or less) for this next burning season. It'll be nice to have this stuff split and stacked for drying so I can get out and start collecting for 20/21.
     
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    I didn't even know there was such a thing as dog hearing protection. I used to keep mine inside while I was doing timberwork however they prefer to be outside with me despite the noise. I keep them about 30 to 50 feet away and they're good with that for the most part. They're not tied up so every once in a while the younger one gets curious and ventures up close. 20181023_122726.jpg
     
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    I'm hoping the ash that I felled gets me back to four years ahead, once I get the gully opened up where I can get the rhino through (hoping for the tractor too) this fall I can get more ash.
     
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    Heh, my Shepherd is a rescue and was not a good study at dog school. He likes to wander after a while and live too close to a road and assholes to let him wander free. There are also a ton of deer, squirrels, turkey, and other critters for him to chase, so I definitely don't trust him with my back turned haha!

    Well, turns out all the dog hearing protection is a scam after reading comments. It would be like putting plastic cups over the dogs ears, nor really worth much.
     
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    I've been drooling over the pics you keep posting of those ash. That'll be some nice firewood! Most of what I get is using the forest service permit for dead and down so it's not like I can drive right up to the tree with anything (truck, Ranger or tractor). Every piece is a labor of love to find, buck and haul out by foot to the road. I love doing it though. Any day in the mountains outdoors is better than any day in a city. Still, it would be nice to be able to use some mechanical means to get the timber to the road. Definitely jealous seeing you able to use the tractor with forks! The best I can do is if something goes over the embankment on some of the forest service roads. No one else is willing to do that much work but I just drop over the side with a cable and winch the logs up to the road. Scrounged a lot of good timber that way.
     
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    I'm glad you said something first. 90% of my trees are soft woods. We are loathe to cut down any of the very few maples and birches on our property anyway since they are beautiful even in the winter. At least I'll have loads of lumber when I get a mill.

    Along the lines of getting trees out, a pto skidding winch is amazing. I've dragged out 30+ trees with mine.
     
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    It sounds like you work pretty hard getting your firewood. We were brought up in the country and then moved to a small town but once we had a chance on buying our lot, we did that and then had a house built in even a smaller town. The same guy who sold us the house lot ended up selling us 136 acres of woods which is usually where our wood comes from.

    The city has its good points but I'm a country person, I can't stand the traffic.
     
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    I too cannot live in the city. My wife is from the city and got spoiled to rural living, neither of us would go back.
     
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    I'm in the same boat in that I refuse to cut down any of my hardwood. It's a mix of oak, maple, beech and birch and I'll only cut hardwood on my property if it's dead/dying. I wish I could use a skidder winch however you can't in the national forest.
     
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    You will definitely stay in shape hauling rounds out of the woods like that! Both times we drove to Maine from NC we stayed Gorham and went to the top of Mt Washington. I'd like to go back after we finish fixing the house. It was a struggle for me to leave both times, I started looking at land around Gorham the first time. Living on the coast is awesome, especially since there are still some nice hills around here, but I'm from the mountains.
     
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    Nice pics of the dogs EODMsgt my two labs are my woods/ wood cutting buddies. My older lab likes to venture away on his own. With all the coyote's lately people have said to keep an eye of for them. Your shepherds would stand a better chance than my two but no dog owner wants to have that interaction happen. All that locust I got a few posts ago was the same I had to carry all up the side of one of our tower rightaways. It was a rough day. 20190427_174645.jpg
     
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    Nice work @heavy hammer , that's some nice firewood. I couldn't carry that chit out unless it was smaller rounds.
     
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    I started today splitting the rounds I bucked up yesterday (pic 9111) and then moved the log that was left to the splitter where I bucked it up and split. Pics 9122 & 9123 are the same pile that I hope to get 2 plus face cord from.
     

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