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gettin 'er done on lots of front's yesterday, on the back road.  RSS feed

 
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I went out on what is known as the back road, yesterday,  (it's partly a government road, partly a logging mainline, and mostly, for me in the past, the back way to get to my favorite swimming hole.  But yesterday I was looking for scrap Western Red Cedar from the logging slash piles that I knew were right near the road in one area.  There was none of significance, however, there, but I had in mind to check out an old logging road that went up the mountain, and was rewarded there a small amount of trees that had fallen across or right beside the road.  I only walked a half mile or so, but it was good to see that I might have access to some from this old road, and it was a very beautiful forest area that I was happy to just know was there for me to explore further at some point.  Though I did not bring my saw to cut any (this was a reconnaissance mission, and I had my car, not my truck), I was happy to locate a bit of cedar wood

Then I went by my friend's Stephi and Archie's place, which I hadn't done.  Stephie has a 30 year old permaculture-ish food forest-ish garden, that I toured with her. 

Then Archie came home and we discussed cedar.  Sure enough, he had some already decked out, too small for significant milling but perfect for building my cordwood Sauna, and he gave me directions to go have a look at it later.  When I left, I went there but the road would high center my car, so I ended up walking into the gravel pit where he had decked the wood at.  There is enough not only to do the cordwood but also to do the post and beams for the sauna!  

I also brought up that I had had a conversation with my friend and his acquaintance Nick about the large 16 foot long Douglas Fir decked out logs (about a week's worth of milling, I figure).  Archie has a mill and there had been an arrangement on the phone about Archie taking the wood to his place and milling it.  But it's a bit of a hassle because moving raw logs in public is illegal without a timbermark, and besides he would have to bring a machine over to Nick's to load it, which is also a hassle, and then bring Nick back a % of the wood.  The mill I have recently bought into has good wheels and so is portable, though, and me and my other buddies could do all the milling on site, and properly dry stack some lumber of specific dimensions for Nick, and then transport the rest of the lumber to our places, which is much less hassle.  So Archie said that he'd be into not doing it at all, if I wanted to do it! 

Then I stopped in at my friend Norm's.  I've been buying no chemical manure from his cow and calf operation, as well as garlic to expand my crop, from him and had just decided that I wanted to see if he was willing to part with some of his extra large straw round bales (a full ton each) for my garden projects.  He told me that he doesn't produce grain anymore, but that he purchased them from a guy near Mcbride, who delivers them for $50.  He gave me the guy's number, and said to call him in August to see if he had any.  I took the number but mentioned that I want the straw for my garden this year, and asked him if he'd be willing to part with one of his.  He was game, and we made an arrangement for me to come by on Sunday to get one with my truck! 

I also mentioned to Norm that I was looking for Cedar, and he told me that he helped clear some cedar land for his neighbors, who I have met but do not know well, and that he had decked out that wood as well, and suspected it was still there, as the guy is not well (Parkinsons).  I'm looking for some tighter grain cedar for the post and beam structure of my greenhouse, and so I'm hoping that some of this might fit the bill, but it was getting late so I carried on home for supper. 

I felt pretty good about getting ahead on so many of these things all in one shot.  I guess I should head out on the back road a little more often.  :)       
 
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That sounds like a really nice day!  I spent my day interviewing people and working on updating policies.  It's fine for now but I'm looking forward to doing more of those types of things.
 
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I'm on a leave of absence from work, and I'm finally getting some stuff accomplished.  I regularly have been working about 50 hours per week with only two weeks off per year so I feel very much behind on a lot of fronts.  However the morgage will be paid this month, and I feel like quitting my job and plunging onto other things.  We'll see.   It's great to have a bit of wind in my sails with a good day like that.  Today I have been brush sawing down a massive crop of Canada Thistle and chainsawing down a bunch of smallish trees that I don't want to shade my house site and garden's in the future.  Been pretty productive.  Feels good. 
 
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