In this pic right to left: Claudia, Vince and John. This is the day Hawk and his son Jed came and helped split wood for the winter for me! We ended up with about 4 ricks of wood (2 cord). A rick of wood is 4' high, 8' long and 1 1/2' wide. The wood we split was mainly Black Cherry. The three trees standing behind the wagon are also Black Cherry but will stay where they are (for now). John has cut down quite a few trees in preparation to make a new pasture for the horses. It's needed badly and the wood - mostly Black Cherry - is great for firewood. Claudia decided to stay here and help me work on my smallholding after the Feast. It's sure appreciated. The wood should dry for 6 months or more to be entirely dry, but sometimes it doesn't happen that way. Hawk and Jed brought me three ricks of DRY, seasoned wood prior to this. What great friends I have.
Hawk and John in the woods...
Hawk brought his splitter and this is just part of the pile. Jed, Hawk and I were running chainsaws to chunk the wood in the 18" lengths (my woodburner takes a 22" log so that worked out fine) and then when we had enough chunked we started splitting. Hawk custom-built the two "tables" on either side of the splitting bed to hold the chunks of wood to be split. It was sure handy and I thought his new splitter was a dandy piece of equipment.
After we had this cutting and splitting day - I bought a new-to-me engine (Thank you Craigslist) for my logsplitter and John fixed it up for me! I now have my own logsplitter to use whenever I get some time to cut and split. I have about 20 logs waiting for me - some of them 30' long. And quite a few down over the hill to pull up, chunk and split. Maybe I won't get cold this winter... With the Carry All I bought from Craigslist (Craigslist is our friend) to put on the back of the tractor, I can now bring up a PALLET AT A TIME of split firewood to put at the atrium door! Equipment is a must for smallholdings...
Gailann Schrader - Frugalista
I live on a Smallholding farm in NorthWest Indiana. I have American Guinea Hogs, an Arabian horse, a punk mule mare, a donkey, dairy goats, honeybees, dogs (one of which is a Livestock Guardian dog learning that cats aren't varmints), cats, guineas and chickens. I've owned geese, meat goats, cattle (on the home farm), sheep, llamas and rabbits. I'm as self-sufficient as possible and enjoy it!