Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Actually, I went "green" a long time ago but if you"ve just read a copy of our new magazine Woodworking Crafts then you will realise it has both a green woodworking slant as well as the environment. It is after all the world we live in and I think it is important to address these things and show how we can work and live more in harmony with the world around us.
Which brings me to trees, or one tree in particular. I belong to a volunteer footpath group responsible for maintaining all our local footpaths, bridleways, etc, and much, much more such as plant and insect surveys, education work and so forth. One of the benefits is that we sometimes get free wood for burning in our open fires and woodstoves. At the weekend I was the lucky recipient of an enormous pine (Pinus sylvestris) tree cut into slices 18 months ago, when it collapsed across a landowner"s pond. No one else wanted it because as we know it spits badly on an open fire, but not my woodburning stove!
It was a tiring days for our small team, shifting loads of logs and branches, but satisfying. Now my problems begin because a standard electric logsplitter can"t cope with such large diameter pieces and my maul - splitting mallet - for log splitting won"t look at it because although the timber is damp from sitting on the ground it has had time for the cells to shrink and harden and along with the pine resin has made the timber tough as nails. I"m waiting for two steel splitting wedges to arrive, which hopefully along with a sledgehammer, should persuade these log slices to give up and become firewood, I"ll let you know how I get on...
Until next time,
Photographs top to bottom:
1. Streuth! That"s a lot of wood, where the hell am I going to put?
2. Oh, there - of course. Neatly stacked with wedges to stabilise the wobbly piles. Now I just need the right gear to take this lot down to fire size pieces.
(PHOTOGRAPHS BY GMC/ANTHONY BAILEY)