Spooktacular carved tree

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A spooky way to decorate your Halloween display.

You would think it was the interrogation of a tree. The glow of the spot light, high intensity on its subject. But there’s a wacky reason why. View the video to see why.

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Trembling Aspen Chainsaw Carved Tree

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Slabbing the block

Taking a crack at carving a tree from a block of what I think is Trembling Aspen. One thing is for certain, when cutting with the grain on this wood, you need a really sharp chain, as you will see in the video. Continue reading Trembling Aspen Chainsaw Carved Tree

Turkey Log Bird

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Wood you believe?

I find that when I need to take my mind off of the day to day things, I go into the workshop. However with no power, there’s not a lot I’d like to do with manual tools. I do have my chainsaw, so I set about creating some wood chips. Continue reading Turkey Log Bird

Milling lumber with Chainsaw today

Spent about 4 hours or saw making lumber today from the fir and spruce logs I had piled up behind the workshop. The logs were cut in summer 2014. The bark still on, they are starting to get buggy. So I slabbed some up to get some 2×4 or whatever I could get. The scraps and small logs were cut up for firewood.

This is the type of chain I use for slabbing the logs.

I keep forgetting that the GoPro camera damn near needs to be on top of the action to get some decent footage. View the video in full screen for a closer look.

Chainsaw accident

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close call on Thursday

Thursday afternoon was a great day to be in the woods. I was continuing my work of thinning the forest between the house and the lake. I had felled a gnarly spruce, the kind full of twisted branches and hardened sap, all from a hard life of growing in the forest.

The tree felled where I wanted it to and I set out to delimb the tree. Careful as I am, the bar kicked bar and the nose caught into the chainsaw safety pants. I never go into the woods without wearing them, and a good thing I was. The chain hooked and tore into the kevlar lining. The lining on its own is designed to hook the teeth of the chain and pretty much bring the rotation to a stop. Which it did, but the force of the kickback had enough momentum to cut through the safety pants, catch the canvas pants I was wearing (pictured above) and cut into it. The result was a short gash on the inside of my left leg, just about 2 inches from the kneecap.

Limped up to the house, called out for some help and proceed to make our way to the hospital. 3 hours later we’re back home and I have 3 stitches to close the wound. Close call.

Sounding off with the chainsaw

All chainsaws are loud. There’s a reason they are loud, so that other people in the woods know a logger is there. Having said that, there are many people who have chainsaws but do not work in the woods. These days the chains is just as much a consumer tool as it is a commercial tool. I don’t know why someone has not yet created commercially available mufflers that are modified to exhaust less sound. Or at least an ‘instructable’ on how to make your own. I took my decibel metre and test out how loud my Husqvarva 353 chainsaw is.

Building a heat pump shelter

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marking the peg

Time to start on building this heat pump shelter before the snow starts to fall. Last year was terrible weather for the big fan on the heat pump. The constant snow fall and thawing temperatures meant plenty of ice build up on the heat pump fan. I’ve never done log work like this before so its all new to me. Time to start on the corner posts.

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ready to slab some logs, chainsaw is not

Last November I bought a ripping chain for the saw, based on the bar size I had, to use for slabbing some of the smaller spruce and fir. Online retailer Bailey’s recommended one they had and I bought it. Today I went to install the chain and clearly there’s a sizing problem.

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