October 2009



About a week ago, I got to go on a hike with my two boys. This is a reason I love where I live. Right out my backdoor is a wilderness to be explored by young boys (and girls if God so chooses to bless us with one or more!). We walked across the fields of goldenrod and milkweed and various other wild flowers. It was a warm sunny day in early fall, just the kind I love!

I had my youngest in a backpack carrier and my oldest impressed me with his stick-to-it-iveness. He hiked the whole way, even up the steep wooded hill. We stopped often to explore the “cotton” in the milkweed, or watch a grasshopper or analyze animal tracks. When at the top I showed him a few apple trees heavy with a harvest of juicy apples for thirsty hikers. We grabbed a few apples and started chomping on them as I lead them to a large open field that is my favorite spot near home. From here you can see for miles, without seeing another building. In fact it is the same location as the photo I used for the banner on Daily Hike.

I took advantage of the sun and landscape and my camera while all were cooperating. Thank God for days like this!

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Slab wood

Slab wood

A local specialty lumber mill has offered me all the slab wood I can handle for firewood! My friend manages Irion Lumber Company near my home in  in Wellsboro, Pa.  Irion Lumber specializes in curly or tiger maple, cherry and walnut. Most being used for the antique furniture industry.They also distribute other uncommon specise such as mahogony and butternut. They are passionate about thier products and just great folks  to be around.

I will use this not only for my home heat but also for evaporating sap this spring hopefully! I am trying to get all the equipment I need so that I can expand my operation this year. It looks like I will have permission to a whole hillside of maples this spring! The largest investments will be taps, hoses, utility 4-wheeler, and an evaporator. If anyone knows where I might be able to get this equipment for free or for a low cost, please let me know!

Second trailer load

Second trailer load

Irion Lumber Company

Irion Lumber Company

Irion Lumber Company

Irion Lumber Company


Wood splitting with old tires.

Wood splitting with old tires.

I had seen some video and pictures a while back of folks using tires to aid in wood splitting. I don’t know what took me so long to incoporate that myself.
I just stacked three tires over a block the other day. The block underneath is not flat on top, which would be most annoying in any other case. I put a log on top, in the tires, and swung. SPLIT! and the two pieces stayed together. I took a few steps around the side and swung again. SPLIT! I was able to quarter a log with out picking up or adjusting a single thing!
This is GREAT! This saves so much time and bending over.
The only thing I have to adjust is the tires shift now and then from the splitting. But that just takes a bump of your leg or tap of your foot to get them in line again.
Ingenious!