My friend Sandy owns 160 acres of land a couple hours drive from me, and we've managed to talk ourselves into believing we are lumberjacks. For years I've dreamed of making some furniture starting with the live tree, and now I'm another step closer to realizing it. If nothing else, it's great to spend some time moving around outdoors with someone fun to chat to. We always run out of time to talk about the things we're into.
March 23, 2013
The top third of this tree broke off in a storm. It looked like good straight pine, so we decided to try turning it into lumber.
My trusty axe made short work of the limbs.
It was actually a bit of a struggle to drag the tree a kilometer out of the woods because the tractor kept slipping on the wet snow when we tried to go up hills or around tight corners. Yet with a bit of ingenuity and a lot of persistence we made it across the creek and up to the road.
The tree was long enough to cut into three eight foot sections. The tractor came in mighty handy for loading the trailer.
Unloading took some tricky manoeuvering in the tight space, but the logs went where we needed them to go.
With the rails carefully screwed to the log and my new Alaskan MkIII chainsaw mill attached to the chainsaw, the first cut was made.
Here's the final result after two days of effort: