Well finally got outside and actually accomplished something, with the snow packed down a little but temps dropping back down to -10 overnight its now possible to get back in the bush without needing snowshoes or being up to your knees in the white crap.
So with my lumber supply dwindled down to scraps I figure I need
to get some more pine sawn this year for all those 'Honey Do” and
“Dad can you....” projects and to rebuild the back porch that did
no survive the avalanche of snow and ice from the house roof when
things finally warmed up.
With the sun out and it warming to -5 it was a good day to go and
cut some pines, there is little time before the sap rises and once
that happens the wood will be stained with a blue/grey left over from
the excessive sap once dried. Does not hurt the wood so far as I can
see and still usable if being painted but not good for fancy projects
or natural staining. The next thing is to get the logs sawn by
early June before the Pine Sawyer lays its eggs under the bark and
their larva starts to chew the hell out of the wood. These grub are
voracious, you can hear then chewing from 15 feet away and after a
few day can see the pile of sawdust under the log or tree they have
attached. Its a good job they will only lay their eggs on 'dead
pines', those that the bark has started to peel so far as I can see,
but with any cut log laying past June for any time its taking a
chance on it being scrap if not sawn or bark removed.
So we got a few cut, some even fell over (always a problem when
selectively cutting in a closely planted pine plantation), none
trimmed or cut to length but once cut there is no rush for that. We
may even cut a few more Tuesday when its forecast to be a mite
warmer, I don’t really need a whole bunch more wood but so long as
we are bringing in the sawmill may as well make it worthwhile. Now
just got to figure out what size lumber I meed, will be mostly 1”
boards but should cut a few 1 1/2” planks and possibly 3/4 for
smaller jobs, whatever I cut will not be what I need next year when
its ready so its all a guessing game eh.
But it was good to get out and DO something even if the old bones
are now telling me that its going to be a while before I am back into
summer “working” mode!
Here's to an early spring and a super summer..... Cheers!
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