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

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Howa Axiom .243

Howa Axiom .243

Since I was 12 I had been hunting with a used Marlin 30-30 that my brother so graciously purchased for me one summer day as a surprise. It has served me VERY well. It is a great “deer gun”. It takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.

Through the years though, I have slowly desired more opportunities to hunt and sharpen my shooting skill. I guess I really developed a love of long range shooting in the Marine Corps. There we had the M-16 with iron sights and were made to qualify out to the 500 yd line. While most sweated qualifying, I looked forward to it with a smile. I honestly couldn’t wait to get the opportunity to be out on the range again.

Since then, I haven’t had as much opportunity, and that goes with getting rusty. About a year and a half ago, I got to talking with some co-workers about groundhog hunting, coyote hunting and long range shooting. I started to reminisce about the days on the Marine Corps rifle range. I decided it was time to buy myself a more all-purpose rifle…..to be continued