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September 19, 2015

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I left you hanging at the end of my last chapter in my Forest Project.   I finished the ‘Slash Pile Burn‘ part of it earlier this year, and have slowly brought firewood up to the house all summer.  I tried to haul 10 wagonloads per day up to the house, but pretty much stopped everything when working in the woods became a fire hazard.

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Today I revved up my chain saw & commenced slicing all the longer branches. According to my DNR rep I can use it until 1pm.  In the heat of the day with risk of fire too great, I have plenty of other tasks.  The photo above is my make-shift holder for little branches where I sawed 4 to 5 at a time.  Cute little pile, isn’t it?  The previous photo shows a cool tool that holds a branch while sawing, but it only holds one at a time.  It’s a bit cumbersome to put the saw down while I reload.

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When 1:00 rolls around, I turn off the saw and fill my wagon.

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…and split some larger rounds.  Yep, I learned how to split wood this summer!

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I may not get all these branches finished this year, but will do my best.

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There are a couple of logs still lying around that I’ll tackle after I’m more adept at sawing.  I’ll have to saw them in place since I can’t even roll, much less lift these up to any tool or make-shift holders!

Steider Studios.Wood Project.9.19.15The best news of the day is my neighbor, inspired by my project cleared HIS property.  This makes it possible for me to get a truck down to the bottom of my property!  Yay, instead of hauling my little wagon uphill, I’m now hauling it a short distance downhill to the truck.  Truck gets loaded & I simply drive out ~ YAY!!  Of course, then I have to unload the truck and stack it, but that’s a story for another day.

 

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6 Responses to “Woman Working in the Woods”

  1. Coral Says:

    Linda you are a “Superlady/woman” in so many ways….

  2. linda host Says:

    Love your forest story…I lived in a cabin in the woods in Wash for a long time…couldn’t drive to it in the winter…snowmobile or walk:) Chopped a LOT of wood every summer…good memories!


  3. Thanks Linda, I have a lot of sweat equity in this project, and at first I felt overwhelmed, wondering how on earth I’d get it all done. One piece of the puzzle accomplished at a time, I learned a lot & am much stronger for it!!

  4. Katie Says:

    You go girl! Glad to know another woman is tackling a project similar to mine in Upstate NY. Trying to get 5 cords of wood off my property and stacked into my basement before the snow begins! All the best to you.


  5. Thanks so much Katie! Good for me to know I’m not the only one too!! Definitely a big accomplishment!!


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