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Lumberjack lessons

Falling tree

I've learned a lot about firewood this year. For example, this gem courtesy of Kayla's father (slightly tweaked): Tulip-trees are always longer than they are tall.

Cutting firewood

Or how about this one: If you want to create a sugar-bush/goat-pasture hillside, cut down your trees before putting up your fences.

Goat shaking her head

Here's a word to the wise: Let the goats eat up the poison ivy before sticking your head into the thicket to cut up logs.

Cutting tulip-trees

And I'll end with: An hour a day fills up the woodshed (with a little help from your friends).

Now, if we can just remember to starting cutting firewood in March instead of June next year, we might finally have a fully dry stash of combustibles when winter rolls around. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy the fact that we're nearly on quota for this coming winter, and that the hillside above the starplate coop now has a canopy open enough to let goat-friendly herbs grow on the forest floor. Here's hoping the sugar maples and black birches we carefully left behind will also benefit from the extra light and will produce plenty of sugar next spring.

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Is there a five,ten year or longer plan for wood? That is will there be a rotating supply for the future growing in time? Good idea on let them eat poison ivy. Any trouble touching them after they have brushed up against the leaves?
Comment by Jim Mon Jul 20 07:18:20 2015

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