Those of you that have followed some of my ramblings know that I have a dream of harvesting the wood from the compost site in my county. I’m starting about 30 years too late but against some very excellent advice from some competent LJ’s last winter I purchased a 50 cc 20 inch Poulan Pro and a all steel construction chain saw mill from eBay.
Dallas gave me some professional advice on what where when and how that I have been digesting. Being a Woosie I bought Kevlar chaps and gloves and steel toed boots.
My plan was to do some practice cutting on aquired limbs that were trimmed off my maple tree as they have been sitting around way to long. But first I tasked myself to rehabbing and maintenance on my neglected second story windows. I’m in the middle of rehabbing my last for this season. Next was the chain saw mill practice.
We get to the title of this blog….as my neighbor bought a new camper with a slide out section. Has to be as big as a living room, and it replaces his smaller older one. Problem! He now has to get around a limb on my walnut tree and a neighbor who thinks the alley (grassy alley) is his private parking area. This hampers my other neighbor in parking his small land yacht. SOOOOO this is where I come in.
One of my two walnut trees is at the edge of the alley. There are limbs that a being sloughed off as last year one dropped luckily in an empty area. Being originally a city boy this is my first experience with something like this. There was a limb I planned to cut using my two story ladder that over hung my neighbor’s (The guy who parks his vehicles in the alley) garage. ( Can you say liability? I thought you could.)
Fate( God if you like) Intervened as my Neighbor who parks his land yacht asked if he could cut a limb that was blocking his camper’s movement now. I think ”Wow that’s the dying limb I was going to cut.” I say “Yep!” he has a friend who will cut it down.
Today there was a knock on the back porch door. ”My friend’s here.” The friend has a boom truck! I added some to the kitty to pay the guy. We cut the limb all the way back to the trunk in sections. The top of the branches were lopped and removed carefully away from the neighbor’s garage and I requested the cuts be at the change points. The top of the branches was mostly white wood for cambium and strength and the lower part mostly heartwood . My camper neighbor will be using the solid branches for firewood when he goes camping and I got what you see in the pictures below.
Never thought this would happen!
Now I have to finish my window and set up my chainsaw mill.
The fun ? begins…........LOL!
-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher