A Visit From the Sawyer

I had a visit from a local sawyer on Monday to help cut some logs. I snapped some photos along the way and wrote up a quick story.

More tools coming later this week!

Thanks for reading,

-Josh

Hello everyone!

The freak October snow storm hit us especially hard here in Connecticut. The snow fell fast and piled up to more than a foot at our house. It was a wet, heavy snow that stuck to everything. Most of the trees still had their leaves  which resulted in lots of snow build-up. The heavy limbs broke and took entire trees down. The damage was incredible- dar worse than the hurricane that hit less than two months ago. We lost power and utilities for five days. There are still several tens of thousands without power in the towns north of us. Overall we fared very well. We lost several trees but sustained no damage to our home. After the hurricane, which left us without power or water for seven days, we invested in a good inverter/generator so this time we had water, lights, and some basics. Our wood stove, as always, kept the house warm. Again, we were very lucky.

Yesterday I had a visit from a local sawyer I found. Back in August we had some tree work done on our property to remove some of the more hazardous trees that were too close to the house for me to cut myself. I’m good with a chainsaw but I won’t cut any decent size trees within a tree length of the house. We were left with close to five cords of firewood on the ground and six decent logs that I wanted to have sawn.

Logs
Logs Waiting to be Sawn

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Woodworking Report: Making a Shave Horse

Something unusual happened two times in the past week- I got some time to do some actual woodworking. These days most of my free time is spent with our kids (my son just turned one year old yesterday!), or working on tool stuff for my business. It’s been more than a year since I had any real shop time. The last two Fridays I found myself with a few hours of unexpected free time and had some fun butchering some wood.

Something unusual happened twice in the past week- I got some time to do some actual woodworking. These days most of my free time is spent with our kids (my son just turned one year old yesterday!), or working on tool stuff for my business. It’s been more than a year since I had any real shop time. The last two Fridays I found myself with a few hours of unexpected free time and had some fun butchering some wood.

Last Friday I took the day off of work to attend the Lie-Nielsen hand tool event at the CT Valley School of Woodworking. It was a fun time and I got to see a lot of nice tools and me. The highlight of the show for me was watching Peter Follansbee work. I’ve been a fan of his work, and his blog for a while. I find it fascinating how he starts with a log and ends up with one of his beautiful 17th century style carved boxes.  I left the show a bit early and returned home with an hour to spare before I had to get the kids from school. I decided to pick up a project I started almost three years ago..
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Revisting An Old Project

My first “real” blog entry is going to revisit a project I completed over two years ago. In December of 2008 my family was in the midst of a big change. My grandparents were moving out of the house they had lived in for almost 60 years into assisted living. Their house was on the market at about the worst possible time, the housing market being at about its lowest point in the past 10 years. One of the things we had to do in order to make the house more salable was to remove a large ornamental weeping cherry from the front yard. My Grandfather planted that tree not long after the house was built in the late-1940s. He and my Grandmother moved there from Brooklyn, taking advantage of the GI mortgage program offered to WWI vets. I recently found a couple of pictures from the very early 1950s of my mother and aunt with my Grandfather standing in front of a skinny little sapling of a tree.

My first “real” blog entry is going to revisit a project I completed over two years ago.  In December of 2008 my family was in the midst of a big change. My grandparents were moving out of the house they had lived in for almost 60 years into assisted living. Their house was on the market at about the worst possible time, the housing market being at about its lowest point in the past 10 years. One of the things we had to do in order to make the house more salable was to remove a large ornamental weeping cherry from the front yard. My Grandfather planted that tree not long after the house was built in the late-1940s. He and my Grandmother moved there from Brooklyn, taking advantage of the  GI mortgage program offered to WWII vets. I recently found a couple of pictures from the very early 1950s of my mother and aunt with my Grandfather standing in front of a skinny little sapling of a tree.

My Aunt and Grandfather

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