You forgot to mention that it grows like a weed and typically has few branches. I have it all over my property also. It's definitely not a premium wood for me but whenever I have to cut it, it goes on the stacks. The FIL calls it "company wood" when you burn it in the fireplace because it pops and puts on a show for visitors.That's a great start.
I may get strange looks from it but I consider Sassafras a premium wood. It smells good, splits well, dries insanely fast, takes off extremely fast, leaves little ash, and is in my backyard, what else does a guy need? Coals? That's why I have oak.
That is awesome - great efforts for your first try! I'm so glad this is getting some more interest and participants. Try and stretch your arms next time, it helps me and I'm much less sore afterwards and the next day. Eventually, we get used to it and will look like Paul Bunyan. I've been cutting mostly dead Ash and it's noticeably harder. Switching over to a green wood is night and day.After several days of well below zero temps, messing around with vehicles more than I cared to, tending to animals, dressing for the cold just to go outside, and spending most other time inside I think I had a little cabin fever. Dug out the old plastic handle ax to see what I could do. Turns out the head was not terribly shaped so a quick file and stone treatment to the edge made it usable. At 33" it's probably a touch longer than ideal, though I've not done a tremendous amount of ax work so I'm not sure what ideal is for me. It is definitely not the heirloom piece that I would prefer to be using but it's what I have.
Took a short walk past the wood stacks and I found what I was looking for: a downed sasafras about 10" diameter. Used muscles that I'm not used to (and they let me know it) to get this far. It looks like a tree exploded with all the chips scattered in the snow! A little more bucking and maybe a few pieces to split before I'm done. Might get 1/3 of the way there with this tree. Got several more sasafras either broken or dying that I would have to take down to get to a 4'x8' stack. I did spot a few small dead ash that could also meet the ax. I guess that would put me somewhere between bucking and felling according to the challenge rules. View attachment 701450 View attachment 701451
Damn, you are kicking a$$ and taking names. How close to a full cord do you think you are? I can't wait to see it all stacked.Yesterday:
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Switching it up. Roy Underhill would approve. That look straight to you?
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Bummer. The rest of the tree should be pretty sound. You'd think being hollow would make it easier to split but it didn't feel that way.
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About 20-25 feet left to go of 16 inch diameter wood. I'll be bucking them into logs, splitting those and then chopping to size.
Thank you, sir... I wish I could go harder, but I'm also trying to remain on even ground and keep my recovering knee as safe as possible. I only wear the brace while working outside, I've actually been walking freely for nearly 2.5 months now.I watched your video last night Clarence, doing devilishly well for a guy with a bionic leg! Super good shout check out Ben Scott, I watched a few of his and instantly subscribed! The Shinto rasp was not a tool a knew but now I've ordered one and the tip to shave handles with the back of a pair of scissors will be tried lots! Superb.
Had to giggle at a Brit in a forest... Well a small stand of trees.... You can hear the traffic close by. There are so few places to truly escape it in this county!
No doubt it's more work than the saw (I know 'cause I thought of going to get it more than once! LOL) Yeah, a little stretching may be good - I sometimes forget that I'm not 21 anymore. I don't feel bad, just different muscle groups than I'm used to using. It has also been warm enough that I almost ended in my t-shirt. I'm impressed at how big the chunks are coming out of the bucking cuts. Of course I chose Sassafras to make it a little easier on myself - and there are plenty of right sized trees to select from on my property.Great work, Steve!
So, what do you think so far? It's a fair amount of work at first, then you find your rhythm, and eventually you get better, more efficient. You're doing great, keep it up!
Yes!No doubt it's more work than the saw (I know 'cause I thought of going to get it more than once! LOL)
No doubt! I recently put new chains on all of my says and gave the teeth a good tickle with the file - they're ready to saw, but I'm, holding back until I at least finish 1/2 cord.Yes!
There's been times where I stare down the wood, threatening to get a saw.
Then I put my head down and get back to chopping.
You're making excellent progress.
I'd say 2 rick comfortably.Damn, you are kicking a$$ and taking names. How close to a full cord do you think you are? I can't wait to see it all stacked.
Small, thin diameter log, was dancing around on me. Got comfortable, put left leg up on said log to steady about 16" away from notch, caught a glancing blow from a rightward drive on the toe of my boot. Stopped, peered down. Gave it a moment's thought and reflected on what I did wrong.Let's hear the story.