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Blog entry by TopamaxSurvivor posted 1243 days ago 3713 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few pics of the maple and alder collecting I did last fall and late summer out at the tree farm.

A few whacks with the maul on a couple of wedges turns this

into these ;-))

This double grab hook comes in real handy

Easy to open when it gets bound up too tight :-))

Handy for lifting logs too

The Tree Farm is on the far end of the low hill in the foreground. It is just about dead center in the picture where the darkest green gets a bit lighter for the next hill beyond the gully.

Looks like rain commin’, again ;-)) Guess we’d better quit :-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence



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Dez

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#1 posted 1243 days ago

Looks like you had fun in the beautiful countryside!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Marc5

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#2 posted 1243 days ago

Your log farm is in a beautiful area and by the size of the logs you are pulling out rather large. My log farm consists of 2 river birch’s, 1 maple & 2 pine trees all located in the back 200 ft. I have log farm envy!

-- Marc

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#3 posted 1243 days ago

Now that is a nice log.
So satisfying working straight from the log.
Great Log Blog, looking forward to the log’s progress.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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stefang

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#4 posted 1243 days ago

Impressive log Bob. I especially like that you simply split it. I have done this many times (though not as large a one as yours there) and it is amazingly easy. I love Alder, it is very nice to carve and has a rich color. The only kind I have used is called Svart Or (Black Alder) here in Norway. The Black Alder wood has a very orange color when exposed to the air, but it finishes with a rich reddish brown. I think the other Alder is called Gray Alder. Do you have similar names or more than one variety of them there? My DIL’s uncle still has family furniture from the turn of the century made by his great grand uncle of Alder and all with hand carved doors. I hope we eventually see some projects from you using this wood. That sure is a beautiful area where you live.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1242 days ago

The Tree Farm was selectively logged in 93 before we bought it. There are a few big maples left. They are dying. Foresters seem top think it has something to do with Mt St Helens volcano ash changing the chemistry of the soil. It is only affecting older trees. The young ‘uns that sprouted have the ash fall seem to be OK. Since it is a local problem or phenomena, there is no money to study it. Mostly, they say to grow conifers, but the alder is worth more ;-)) at least now. Maple has to go 80 miles to the mill and isn’t worth hauling that far.

Our alder is red alder. I have some blocks laying around that I was going to carve, but they are a couple of years old now. I may saw a few of them into box wood.

The reason I split them was to make them easier to handle. Plus, the logs seem to have a natural check through them when they hit the ground. Maybe while they are standing?? Who knows? It is hard to tell what the center looks like before it hits ;-)) I thought I may as well take advantage of that natural split to start the cutting process rather than have it intersecting my lumber cuts. I had one small log about 14” in diameter that made a 1/4 twist in about 6 or 7 feet!!

Water World; aka, Western WA is certainly a beautiful place.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1242 days ago

Forgot to say i painted teh ends a coouple of coats and the are “seasoning” until we go back out next spring. This winter I want to try to bare root transplant some alder that is probably 5 years old into some bare spots. Anybody know if that will work?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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patron

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#7 posted 1242 days ago

nice wood there bob

while the log is drying

please send tractor
i’ll get the wood later

you lucky log dog

beautiful country

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 1242 days ago

Nice haul Bob. Good thing about being a log farmer is no stalls to clean and no hay to bale. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 1242 days ago

Man oh man, Bob. You sure do live in beautiful country. That’s a nice haul you’ve got. I’ll bet you’ve taken those grand kids on more rides on that tractor than you can shake a stick at. :) I really enjoyed this blog and you should post about these things more often. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 1242 days ago

Nice log, you split it on site with a wedge it must be very soft wood?

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StumpyNubs

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#11 posted 1242 days ago

WHAT A RELIEF! When i saw the title of this blog I expected it was about the new workshop bathroom!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Karson

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#12 posted 1242 days ago

Some great looking country. Nice log that you you dragged in. Now if you could teach some cats to do that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#13 posted 1242 days ago

niiiceee log and thank´s for sharing the picture of your land :-)
realy liked the way you ended the blog nicew tuch of humor

about replant bushes and tree´s here is some link to show you how
sorry they are in Danish but use a translater and if there is sometrhing you
want to ask about you know were I´m …right here
the first link its just a short vidioclip that you might find the mashine interressting
the company can with that move tree´s with up to 6 inches diameter

http://www.soroe-ejendomsservice.dk/traepleje/traeflytning.aspx

this is from another site its more a how to site in the garden etc.

http://www.haveabc.dk/frontpage.aspx?id=14&type=18&dbid=7f6fc97a-065f-4881-b73d-5d541c93a355

another from that site

http://www.soroe-ejendomsservice.dk/traepleje/plantning-af-store-traeer.aspx

beside the undercuting of the root it can be nessery to trim the top
(done many times depending of the tree sice and crown of the tree)

one thing you shuold be aware of is that you need alot of water once a week the first year
again depending of tree sice becourse of the undercuting of the root where you have cut
alot of the rootnet of you have to help the tree (remember a tree has a rootnet that match the crown)

hope this can help and inspire some to move tree´s to new place´s nomatter if its for bare spots
or rescure a tree of different reasons

take care
Dennis

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Div

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#14 posted 1242 days ago

How do you keep those chains and hooks so new and shiny? Mine are all rusty and dirty and horrible! ;^(

Man, I would just love to saw some of your timber!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1242 days ago

Glad you all are enjoying it. Wish I had more to post :-))

Thanks Dennis, I didn’t think of trimming the top back, that is a great idea. Water wil be an issue if we have a dry spell. There is no water up on the Tree Farm. If it is like lst year, it should be wet enough for all but 2 or 3 weeks in Aug.

rivergirl, I like the change, I have done enough of those, plus milking 2×7/365!! Being raised that way, I didn’t know any better, but i do now :-))

Grandma and the moms get a little skittish with kids and the tractor, but they have been up in the bucket. I took my kids to one of my jobs I had a bunch of man lifts on and let them play on them up to 25-30 feet in the air (with me on board, of course). OSHA, insurance companies and property owners would crap their pants today!! :-((

On splitting, It is big leaf maple, not as hard as sugar maple, but still a hard wood. Red Alder is for that matter, too. I just start a wedge into the natural check through the pith just off center, a few whacks with a 12 # maul and I add a second wedge on the other side of the pith, a few more whacks and I add an extra wide wedge about 2 ½ inches thick between them. It is not tapered the full length like most splitting wedges. I am only splitting 6 to usually about 8’ long. Some times that will pretty much take the log full length and sometimes I have to whack a few wedges in from the sides. Once in a while the split will cross through the grain and I have to poke my chain saw in to cut off the splinters holding the 2 sides together.

BTW, that log in the pictures is big leaf maple. I have an alder seasoning that is almost that same size.

That log was about 25 feet long lying over a bank. I couldn’t move it with the tractor. Cut off 8 feet and still couldn’t move it. I wrapped the chain around it so the tractor pulling would roll it up onto the logging road. Once it was up there, it pulled just fine. I use the 3 point hitch to lift the end when dragging. That keeps it from getting gravel imbedded in the wood and keeps my chain for wearing through in nothing flat!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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