Jeff's Sugar Shack

This spring has not been the best of seasons for the maple syrup producers. The weather patterns, though delightful to enjoy, have been misery for sap collection. In mid February there was a run of days where the daytime temperature was around 40 and the nights were around 2o-30 degrees. This is perfect for a sap flow. However many figured it was a tad early to tap the trees. Keep reading

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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!


Charles helps center the log

Charles helps center the log

I had a great weekend.  Saturday morning started with a pancake breakfast with bacon from our local market down the road.  Then Charles and I went to go split wood for a few hours. He enjoyed watching the wood split apart with the swing of a maul. He also tried to pick up the biggest pieces he could carry and take them to the trailer.  He also enjoyed the bluegrass music being played from the van while Dadda worked. I truly enjoy these moments spent with my son.

For lunch, we all had a picnic at a local park.  Before dinner we all worked outside around the house. The weather was beautiful all day.

Like I said, I had a great weekend with my family.