For those of you that feel like grabbing a chainsaw and go cut some trees to make things out of, this blog is for you.
Today started yesterday afternoon. Hook up the trailer, sharpen both saes, make sure you have gas and oil, spare chains and filters. Tinker in the shop for a couple hours and go to bed early.
The alarm goes off at 12:45 am. Everything is loaded so it is just a matter of hopping in and going. I am heading 322 miles away. To here ;
It looks like a autumn forest that has shed its leaves. However, it’s a burned forest. Not much life here.. This is a salvage operation. Picture last July, it’s 110 degrees with a 30 mph wind.many miles SW of here a lightning strike starts a prairie fire. 4 days, 80,000 acre and numerous farms and homes lost. No lives lost, just memories. I know a couple of the farmers involved. They lost all of their buildings and equipment. The insurance will rebuild buildings and replace equipment, but not the memories. As a note, the one thing that virtually none of the farmers had insured was the fences. You don’t think much about it, a lot of us have had to repair a fencon our property. Now multiply that times miles of fences. Of course insurance companies being who they are, the fences weren’t listed so they don’t pay for them. This couple figured the fence would cost about $50,000 to replace.this is a young couple with a baby girl about a year old. Most of her stuff was lost in the house. But the insurance money will buy her new stuff and she’ll have a new room to grow up in and that’s cool. Her mom knows, she grew up in the old one. They will get new dining room furniture and dishes, that’s cool. But her grandmother can’t give them as a wedding present. As I said, no humans lost their lives. The family dog is missing,fate and whereabouts unknown. But in the spring they will get a new puppy for their daughter to grow up with. That’s always cool. Dad knows, he grew up with the old one. I didn’t take many pictures, not sure why. Although it’s a scene I will forever see.
The farm had many acres of aromatic red cedar. That’s what I came for. I left with a trailer load. I would guess about 400-500 board feet. Was that much wood really worth the trip? In this case yes. In the future, when they say only a few people were affected, remember that those few were really affected. I left for home about 1:00 pm. I’ll go back for more trees and take them something that I make out of these.
Future blogs on this topic probably won’t be this long, I just felt this one needed its story told.
No live trees were harmed during this adventure. However the saw operator was left with multiple cuts and bruises.
Thanks for letting me take your time.
-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability