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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Willing Wood Workers

Here is a swing backwards a bit in time -- a post that thanks and celebrates some recent visitors to Cascade Bluff who willingly (really!) pitched in to help us out with the main chore of our "compound" with our 4 wood stoves: putting up a store of split wood before winter. 

Here's a shot of our niece Marissa and her hubby Eric. They came up for a weekend in October for some fun and good food and to give us a helping hand with splitting and stacking...

The day was nice enough that we were in T-shirts and light jackets...
The wood on the right is all dry and useable for this year, and the stuff on the left needs to cure for another year or so... At the end of the weekend we had split more than half of our huge pile of birch chunks and stacked a bunch, but as you see, we still had some left...
All work and no play makes Eric a dull boy... Here he is enjoying a certain Cuban import on the deck...

Then in mid-November, we entered hunting season and some friends from Chicago braved the journey to the North Woods. Robyne and Ann are showing off their blaze orange vests and posing in "the Guest Spot" at our lookout over the Cascade River...

Our friend Ann helping Val run the splitter... Take a look at that enormous chunk of yellow birch! Harder wood than paper birch, and more BTU's per cord... but harder to split...
The Splitter Team in action...
Ann and Robyne posing at the end of two long split and stack sessions...

Will you look at that! A whole wall of perfectly stacked wood (two kinds of birch, hard maple, and the occasional hunk of serviceberry...) ready to dry and cure for the winter of 2013-2014 and beyond...

...and the whole woodshed in all its glory...
Thanksgiving brought the snow I showed you on the post just prior to this one. The snow was preceded by a coating of ice on every branch and tree. That in turn led to a few downed trees on our road... and our friends Randy and Mary Jo pitched in with a different type of "wood work"... helping move some downed trees! 

Here they are at the end of a nice holiday, none the worse for wear, ready for the snowy drive back to Fargo, their home town...

We are so very thankful for having such great friends and family -- just in general -- and especially such helpful willing workers giving us a really solid supply of wood for this year and next! Thanks, everybody! 

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