One of our spring jobs is crossed of the old to-do list, in winter no less. We were asked by my Aunt across the lake to take down five pine trees in the spring. They stood about 40 feet tall and were located quite close to her house. After the last wind storm, lots of branches broke off making a mess on her lawn. Most living branches were about 20 or more feet up. The rest were gone. This is what we started with.
The weather is holding at decent temperatures for working outdoors. When I said we hoped to have the ground leveled out before winter I thought it was a pipe dream. Here is where we left off…
Never thought I would say this but we started expanding the work yard today. Going inwards on each side of the road about 30-40 ft. For now it will be a place to put flitches and rejects off the mill. Afterwards it’ll be space for a couple 10×20 sheds. Its a sloped hill, so dirt removed from the left side will be used to fill in the right side.
I milled some of the smaller sugar maple limbs for live edge slabs. The limbs had a curve to them, so I cut them live edge to get the most I could from the limbs. The limbs were about 9-10 inches wide.
Today I set about to slab the remaining trunk portion of this big ol’ sugar maple tree. This is not the stump. The trunk at the stump is well, still on the stump. It was cut this high off of the ground to safely fell the tree.
What you see here is the before and after of a job we completed in less than 2 days this week. Click on any image to view full size.
Great day for a walk, right after lunch we took a little hike. They near the end, she took a little fall. I did go to her rescue but … only AFTER first capturing it on camera. 🙂
Cleaning up a 8ft pine that features blue staining (blue denim) and a lot of character along the perimeter of the log. Bugs be doing what bugs do when a log is on the ground for a couple months.
What to do…what to do? This is not a large timber, its actually a branch from a bigger pine tree that was felled earlier this year. Its next up on the sawmill for cutting, just have not yet decided what to do.
We were out this morning taking pictures for our Christmas card. As a child, one of the first things we learn is to count to ten. CLEARLY, I missed that class. 🙂
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