Lots of preparations for our milling event.
We now have 4 ( out of 6 ) LJers attending making this an LJ event and Martin was kind enough to list on the LJ events calendar.
Forest track: I had contracted a local roadworks company to upgrade the forest track. Unfortunately like any good reliable builder (sarcasm) they haven’t showed yet,meaning that the track is in the same slippery, muddy state as ever. The contingency plan is that I’ve purchased (thanks Moshe) some heavy duty chains for the 4wd which might give it the extra kick we need to get up a particularly steep section.
Medieval equipment: Moshe has started a blog on our efforts to use 1000 year old technology to position the beech log to the mill. You can follow it here
Unfortunately I have had to abandon my winch version from roundwood timber ( for now) as it is taking too long to mark out and chop mortises and tenons in pine logs (at the risk of not having everything else in place).However the whole exercise of joining round logs is deeply satisfying and will prove to be very useful.
Weather: This may be the deal breaker. The forecast for the weekend is currently complete shite. Showers and rain on Sat, rain on Sunday. ( Rain forecast on Fri and Monday, so even if it shifts by a day, it may not be better). Keep in mind however, that there may be a necessary postponement.
Here’s my extended dolly for pulling the tracks through the forest.
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!