Firstly sorry for the very late update, but between having to travel up and down from South Africa to Botswana and having to rebuild a new lodge amongst elephants (see photo) I haven’t really had much time to even think about this blog.
I got back to the farm excited to get going on the project and quickly identified a few trees that had the right size and shape. But being my first serious project and not wanting to cut down a perfectly good tree only ruin it, I went in search of one that had fallen down during a storm.
Here is a series of photos:
Standing Blackwoods on the farm
The tree I had chosen, although it had been blown over in the storm it was still alive.
Before getting started its always good to have the tools ready to go….Dog optional!
One of the most important things was to cut off the extremities and make the area safe to work in. There is always a huge risk of working with a chainsaw and tripping over branches on the ground.
A profile of the grain of a Blackwood tree.
After a morning of cutting, I had finally got the piece I was looking for. Now to get it out but with a 7 foot circumference and at 9 metres in length, it’s a chunky piece of wood.
Maybe I was a little over ambitious using the Landy!!
Sometimes you need a little help with a little more power.
My wife claiming all the credit!!
I marked out my cutting line before I got to it. I had cut the original 9 metre length in 2. The piece I was about to cut would be a “practice” piece as the halved sections of this will be used as the uprights for the bar.
Because my chainsaw was at least 70mm short, it was difficult to maintain a clean single cut through the wood and I went slightly off track. Thank goodness this isn’t the piece I wanted for the bar.
Taking it slow and measuring out my path as I cut after my initial mistake.
Because my chainsaw was short, it meant there was middle section of the wood that I couldn’t cut. Being naturally impatient, I decided to split the log!
Even with all my weight it was tough to split this big fella. Whats a hobby without a bit of fun?
Thankfully my wife was there to split it for me!!!!!!
Cleaning up the edges and a few mistakes. Will still use a wood plain to smooth it all out, but like I mentioned these 2 pieces will be used as the stands to hold the bar up.
Job done and a happy crew!
Next post, I will put up some photos of me trying to load the 2 pieces onto the tractor…..
Oh I almost forgot, the reason why the blog update was late. This guy has been giving me a few headaches around the lodge!
-- If you don't try....how will you know!