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    36 degrees today tugged me out into the woods.

    I went after some red oak deadfall that had been down for long enough to take off the bark and rot away the sapwood.

    How it started:



    How it went:



    How it ended:



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    How many trips out with the sled for that stack?

    Your dog has the best grin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    How many trips out with the sled for that stack?

    Your dog has the best grin.
    I usually lose count of trips, but I think it takes about 10 sleds to fill a truck.

    Yesterday I made the mistake of underestimating how hard it would be to fill a truck with red oak by sledding it out about 150 yards on a swamp.



    I wore snowshoes, and the first haul out breaking trail was pretty brutal. By then I'd already bucked a log and felt like I needed to follow through hauling it out.



    It was two below when I left the house, and it maybe got to five above while I was working. I was working in a sweatshirt and sweat from inside the helmet kept freezing in the face screen.



    We headed home pretty beat, resigned to wait for spring to cut more wood, hopefully in a spot with vehicle access.


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    That’s an honest day’s work!

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    I was going to say - the satisfaction of beating yourself up in the cold to get warm!
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    To me there's something very primal and satisfying to cut wood for burning to keep warm. I enjoy it. I can't stand to cut trees or hear trees cut where I live now because its not for that.

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    Started today helping a friend clean up some storm damage.



    Spent the afternoon working on some maple.





    Went for a swim.


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    Quote Originally Posted by caleb View Post
    That looks like a Park Tool peavey. Do they call it the PV-1?

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    Is that lower trunk rot a thing in maples? I've cut up three like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Is that lower trunk rot a thing in maples? I've cut up three like that.
    I'm not sure.

    My theory is that these trees were about 50 yards from a turnoff on some state forest land, and people liked to pin targets to them. I suspect the bullets created tunnels that allowed water in and started the rot.

    When I first dropped the trees down with cuts near the breaks, I hit a bunch of bullets. I ended up cutting out the bottom six feet or so and leaving them since I didn't especially want to bring them home with me.



    Not cool, and I was glad I brought an extra chain along.

    Everything above about six feet was solid with no rot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caleb View Post
    I'm not sure.

    My theory is that these trees were about 50 yards from a turnoff on some state forest land, and people liked to pin targets to them. I suspect the bullets created tunnels that allowed water in and started the rot.

    When I first dropped the trees down with cuts near the breaks, I hit a bunch of bullets. I ended up cutting out the bottom six feet or so and leaving them since I didn't especially want to bring them home with me.

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    Not cool, and I was glad I brought an extra chain along.

    Everything above about six feet was solid with no rot.
    That's really interesting. I hadn't even considered something like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    That's really interesting. I hadn't even considered something like this.
    I wonder if you might get something similar if woodpeckers or some other boring animal really went after a tree.

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    Neighbor had a huge old river birch taken down. Our sauna stove takes up to 14”. Split and stack then slab the rest with the chainsaw mill for possibly our kitchen cabinets. Hoping to do a large remodel in 4 years.

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    The Fiskar splitting axe is awesome

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