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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Giants in Bits

As you heard in our last post, Val and I hired two arborists to help us keep ahead of the trees that are dying or sickly so that we can put wood up for winters to come, and prevent trees from falling on top of us, our vehicles or buildings, or a priceless places such as the labyrinth! This year, besides the huge Spruce Lady that you heard about in the last post, Dave and Gunnar also felled more than a half dozen birch which was great for firewood, as well as some aspens and smaller spruce that were about to topple. 

We got to work on the birch pretty quickly...

... this side of our wood shed was completely empty before we started! 
Fill 'er up! 
Nearly done...
Just these last few chunks left to split...
... and here's our wood for the winter of 2016-2017! 
What a very satisfying task to complete! 
Looks beautiful, doesn't it? 
Here is a "new" old tool that we've had in our garage for a few years and finally figured out how to use as of this summer! It is a holder for long branches and logs...
...called a "Smart Holder"! 
This little beauty will hold some hefty logs, firmly in place for chunking up with the chainsaw.

Of course, sometimes it is just easier to ditch the Smart Holder and just cut the logs up right on the ground... faster, too...
After we finished all the birch splitting and stacking, we started on the spruce. Good thing we had this extra wood holder that we built last year to hold the extras. Pretty fancy, huh? Made of extra special pallets... one of my personal favorite building materials!

As you can see, some of those spruce trunk logs were enormous, even when split in half. There's one waiting on the table...
...and here it is, ready for demolition...
What would we do without our splitter??
The expert at work...
Hey, that wood pile is almost taller than Val is! Feels so great to be all done for the season with this task! 
Just a few final images as September begins, and so does the season of brilliant sunsets for us here on Cascade Bluff. It seems that we always have great sunsets this time of year... Some are subdued and mysterious... 
 Others have a complex layered glow...
 ...or carefully arranged contrasting colors...
 cascades of orange in the sky over the Cascade River...

 ...and sometimes, words don't suffice... only one last picture.

Ahhh... bliss!









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