Where I live we have big beautiful red oaks. I eat the acorns from them. The past couple of years I have been trying to train/encourage squirrels to collect them for
Me. I have boxes half buried and covered with brush. I put a little corn in for them as a trade. The first year I did have success, so last year I put out more but unfortunately last year was a bad acorn year.
We have a dog that gets into our outhouse and eats poo. She loves it, she will stick her head down the hole and chow away! I think it's great but my wife insists we keep her out. This means more shoveling for me. Oh well she does help me clean the dishes.
This looks like beautiful work for your first build, you are a real artist. I have several of this type of structure I built on my homestead used for out buildings. We get lots and lots of heavy snow load and I don't want to clime up and shovel of my roofs so I try to build strong and this means lots of braces. And not to short. As a general rule I like to brace every post on the outer walls and all structural interior posts. Looking at your picture it looks like your second story posts are separate from the first if this is true I would agree with B Redhawk I would brace them. Have the braces go from each corner post down to the first floor beam and joist logs, a mirror image of what's below. Filing the walls in will defiantly stiffen the place up, my woodshed probably wold fall over if I did not keep lots of wood neatly stacked between posts.
Congratulations on you're newly acquired shop/barn. Thanks for posting this, I'm very interested in building one of my own with my neighbor who is an excellent welder. Im not to familiar with rocket stoves so we would be getting the DVD. Is there any special considerations for using rocket stove fore sap boiling?
Sorry about that John, I guess I haven't figured out how to link properly.
If you type 2014 telluride shroomfest into the google search engine it should pop up.
The panel of ethnomycologests features John Halliday who discuses the orgasmic stink weed, funny stuff.
My wife and several of my female friends are very intrigued by our local stinkhorns.
there is an old Nanabhoozoo story about how Nanabhoozoo told the village women if they sat on this particular mushroom they could get pregnant.
So Nanabhoozoo stripped naked lay down and covered himself with leaves.
Well of coarse you know how these story's go. the wrong group of women showed up! they wer picking mushrooms for dinner.
I find much pleasure in your posts, thanks. I'm getting a bit older now but I still put in a couple of hours of wintery snowy work in the balsem fir. I love to snowshoe in with my axe and saw- stamp down a work area. take of the snowshoes and thin the woods. I also like to nibble the fir, you can also nibble the old mans beard (usnea) just a little it's medicinal but don't nibble the yellow lichen.
When I was a kid my best friends family had gardens orchard and bee hives. One winter we collected the frozen bees from the snow ( I think they wer cleaning out the hive on a sunny day and froze) we cooked them up in a dry frypan and ate them in front of my friends sister just to gross her out, they wer delicious. We collected them every winter and ate them, we also collected grasshoppers crickets and ants but I remember liking bees best.
I agree. This film was popular in my area and has caused quiet a stir. Couples breaking up. Small scale Meat producers have been demonized, including a couple that incorporate permiculture principles. I respect vegetarianism and I believe this is a noble goal for humanity. One step at a time.
Their is something deeply satisfying about traditional tools and learning their use. The axe for the forrest and scythe for the field. One of my favorite tools is my brush scythe with oak handle that fits me perfect. I also have a grass blade but the snath is a bit light so the split birch is for handle replacement.
I do log and timber work but I'm in pine and spruce country although I have used a fare bit of oak for framing. Allan B Mackie is one of my favorites. I know this is a different style but his books have lots of round wood truss advice and info about scribers you will need to master when doing round work.
I would like to point out that the late great and probably soon to be sainted singer song writer Pete Seeger wrote a singalong children's song that had a particular line. Pete asked the children to shout it out and shout it loud the line is " there is $hit floating down the river!" He told the kids to look at the adults in the eye when they sang. If the adults scolded or objected Pete told the kids to ask, " what's worse, putting $hit in the river? Or using the word $hit to make a point?" I loved Pete Seeger and I love Paul.
We have 2 miles of road to blow out and we get between 200-300" of snow a year. I try to strategically blow the snow (I can aim the blower) to brush piles placed near groups of favored nut trees. If I want to get fancy I dump urine soaked sawdust on the road and blow that into the area with nut trees.
Very inspirational! Winter is the carving seson for me. I carve from wood harvested on the homestead to add value, this has been very enjoyable winter occupation till maple sap season. I just finished a 5' tall mermaid and am now starteing a moose carving witch will be 7' tall 9' wide overall ( I hope I finish by mid march! Yikes)
Thanks for the good advice. I will probably look into another animal for milk production although a yak cross is still appealing. Part of the appeal is our terrain. I live on property witch backs up to thousands of acres of state park an I am responsible for maintaining some of the trail. Plus the northern part of my property is pretty rugged and my small 4 wdrive tractor has no business working in there. I may go with oxen but some arias maybe to rugh for them, aspecaly the trail work. I'm still at least 2 years away from having to make a decision but it's fun to plan.
There is lots of good advice here and maybe I missed it mentioned in another post but make sure you can trust you're logger. I've worked with loggers and I've been a logger and I can tell you they are just like all segments of society some have lots of integrity and some don't. I only question the integrity of your logger because of the quote of 60k on 7 acres. Must be some very high quality wood. How much do you get? If you don't have much experience in this a professional forester can be a big help! You may find one with permi principles but even if not they can help with contracts. A contract is recommended unless you really trust the logger and their ability to accurately value the timber. I would recommend considering learning the trade, tooling up and doing the job yourself. On steep sites skylines are effective coupled with a small tractor or a team, this job could be a profitable work of art.
I am also interested in this thread and I hope it's ok for me to ad to the question. I'm interested in hedging in a forest pasture, mixture of oak, aspen, balsam fir. Very thick tight grown in some spots. Can I coppice the aspen will it lay? How about the fir? Any way to incorporate it. We intend to cell graze the woodland with sheep and a milk cow possibly yak in small clearings within ruff hedge Since this "hedge" is in the deep forrest neatness is not a concern. I'm hopping this question is in line with the original and of interest, if not feel free to delete it.
I have purchased cut over land, but never completely clear cut. I'm in the process of buying some now which will add 10 acres to our homestead. About 4 acres wer cut hard most remaining trees damaged skidder trails everywhere. Lots of work and boy am I exited! What has worked for me is to inoculate stumps with mushroom if cut was recent. Than if you can't afford earthworks take brush and pile it along contour just like a swale. Voles mice squirrels rabbits will help to create living Swales bringing seeds mycelia droppings all along the brush piles which are on conjure. As stumps sprout you can develop a coppice pollarding plan. Don't be afraid of cut over land, but hopefully they left some big ones!
Ok so here I go the first of many (I'm sure) questions. Yak people sing out! Has anyone milked a yak? Worked a yak? I'm working towards larger animals on our forrested kinda hilly and rocky homestead we now have sheep on silva pasture, red oak aspen birch maple.