On Monday 10 October 2016 06:41:37 Erik Christiansen wrote:

> On 08.10.16 11:40, Gene Heskett wrote:
> > On Saturday 08 October 2016 06:35:55 Erik Christiansen wrote:
> > > Erik
> > > (Just back an hour from ten days on the farm, making sawdust.)
> >
> > Making your own building material?
> Sadly not, just more trailer loads of firewood for here in town, out
> there, and for my SIL since my younger brother succumbed to brain
> cancer. With the cost of electricity climbing steadily, and the
> greenhouse consequences of burning coal to make it, the benefits of
> heating with solar energy stored in woody lumps are very attractive.
> But I did score 3 good Blackwood logs here in town today, as we
> cleared the street of trees felled by yesterday's severe storms. (From
> my windows I saw three 1 metre thick treetops/limbs snapped at up to
> 30m from the ground, and plummet to a resounding crash in the gully on
> the other side of the road. Three houses were hit by other trees, one
> losing all the bedrooms and a bathroom. The butt log of the Manna Gum
> which fell on another house is nudging 1.2m (4') in diameter. All
> serious clean-up tasks.) The neighbour on the other side had 2 trees
> fall on his house, and one on the carport. On top of that, the street
> was blocked by trees on both sides of his driveway. Clearing the
> Blackwood at least gave him one exit path. We were lucky to have power
> back on within a day, as there are over 2000 trees down and over 360
> power line hits in the district. I cooked a little on top of the wood
> heater last night, by the light of a handful of candles.
> The Blackwood is much like Walnut, but is an Acacia. Dunno what I'll
> do with it, exactly, but it would be a crime to let if go for
> firewood. I just have to quarter the logs before they split to
> uselessness, then a use might come along.
> The 3' circular blades my dad used on the swingsaw when cutting
> fenceposts and (roadside) guideposts, were bought in, but he had a rig
> for gulleting when sharpening shrank the teeth too much. When I need
> planks, I just take a couple of logs to a small sawmill. It's a lot
> easier on the back. It makes me very popular with family members when
> they see the stack in the shed.
> Erik

Chuckle. Fortunately for me, most of my family (my git) are sufficiently 
remote that hauling wood from my small stock in a 10x12 shed, is not 
that attractive, and decent walnut can be had in Nebraska without a long 
drive. But I do have sufficient walnut, white ash, cherry, and maple, 
along with some poplar left over from a fence rebuild in 2010 when a 112 
mph wind made our pin oak in the front yard, the only unbroken tree on 
this street. Enough to keep me in wood the rest of my days.  White ash, 
having been killed by the ash beetle is great wood to work with, making 
beautiful furniture but its new found rarity is driving up the market 
price. I had a guy with a big WoodMizer about a mile away, but I see the 
shed he made to house it has been empty for about a year now.

Where are you that the weather took such a serious swipe at you?

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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