Milling Weekend LJ event in Murchison - more pictures

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Blog entry by matai posted 09-11-2010 12:22 PM 1033 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

See Steve's blog for the initial posting about this event. This posting has pictures of Steve doing his stuff.

Here he tries to foresee how the day will go

Success is the verdict!

Maneuvering the log

Wheeling the mill into position

The first cut

Removing the first fillet

Craig taking a slice

Then Graeme has a turn

Two of the truck’s wheels are barely on the ground

Sizing up the log. It will have to wait for another day and a team of oxen!

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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#1 posted 09-11-2010 05:29 PM

Looks like you need a stout pulley, chain or cable and projective wrap to hook it to a tree and at least a 100
feet of 3/8” cable. You hood the cable to the tree, run it though the pulley and back down the road
pulling the tree out to the road. I used a similar arrangement to pull trees out to the road when I burned
wood, until too many people who did not know how to burn wood clean smoked up the valley and got
woodburning outlawed.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 10:08 PM

Bluepine38: That’s a 7 ton rope on it and we did have pulleys but didn’t need them in this case. The blowdown was on the skid site, so we really just had to turn the log 90 degrees. We pulled the log forward with a 4wd and the rope, but only because it was a less muddy site.

When I start pulling more trees out, then will definitely have to use cable/pulley.

As for the last pic with the beech tree, well that’s an estimated 3.5 ton log nowhere near road access, hence the oxen reference. Our plan was to winch it into place and mill it on site, rather than pulling out as a log.

Lucky for us, our valley is sparse and woodburning is still our main mode of heating. In the cities, the same thing is happening as in Missoula…and instead of addressing the issue (usually wood which is too wet) they are legislating the burners out of existence.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 10:09 PM

Dave, thanks for the additional pics. Hope to see some of the recent woodworking class too.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 10:17 PM

I never got around to taking photos at the Nelson Centre for Fine Woodworking, but Mark did. Come on Mark – join up to LJ and post your images. I’ll post some photos of my botched table top and the recovery process. Will help me learn from my mistake.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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