We’re moving along at a snails pace in our endeavor into the slow building movement. Last winter we harvested the trees for a pavilion and cabin, piling them in the sawmill area, and then the weeds grew up around the logs while crop farming consumed our time. For the past several months it has been hard to imagine finding time to work on the cabin project, that is until this past week, when Carl’s brother Greg showed up, all the way from Missouri to saw trees. THANKS GREG! And thanks to our farm crew who took responsibility for the crop production side of the farm while we were sawing!
Looking at a pile of logs in the weeds was intimidating to both Carl and I. We wondered which tree to begin with…. How to get the log onto the sawmill because most of the logs are too heavy for our front-end loader to lift… Evaluating each log trying to decide which log to saw first… What part of the pavilion each of the logs should be sawn into so that we are getting as much board feet from each of log as is possible.. And the list of intimidating thoughts go on and on. It took a lot of time to fell the trees, limb the trees, buck the trees into logs and haul them out of the forest so we want to get the most board feet as is possible from each tree.
This weeks favorite tool is the peavey and cant hook.. We would like to purchase another peavey, because when rolling a tree up the ramp and onto the mill we can’t get a good grip with the cant hook, and it takes at least two of us to roll that log onto the mill. Click here to read about the peavey.
Production Note to Self: We just had our smallest vegetable harvest in over 6 years so we are thankful to have pork as another mix in our production. We’ve had rain nearly every day for the past month. We’ve had a few successions of lettuce not germinate, our summer squash has died rather early, our beans did not yield, the crows ate most of our sweet corn and melons, our basil has downy mildew, our a lot of our parsly has dyed most likely from phytophthora, our cucurbit transplants have been very POOR, and our eggplant yield is WAY DOWN. When it rains it pours! Our next crop of beans are growing rather slowly, and our winter squash just died this week and our yield looks to be nearly half of that last year, and last years winter squash yield was down. My winter job is to think of something to change in our production, for this time next year, that will be a backup crop. Perhaps the lettuce thing is just VERY UNUSUAL so next year it will be back to normal and we have our cucurbit problem figured out.