Wet Spring

Stormy weather, wildlife and observations about trees.

Osage Orange: A Wood for All Seasons

Hedge (a.k.a. Osage orange, a.k.a. Bodark, a.k.a. horseapple) is a thorny problem, but also a remarkable resource, if you have the means to use it.

Forty Years of Splitting Firewood

Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.

The Wedding

A break from usual blogs to share the celebration of my daughter's wedding.

Bath house project

Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.

Pushing limits

With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities

Salvaging Timber

Salvaging logs is always a challenge-- but finding buried treasure in it always makes it worthwhile. This salvage job came after the land had been cleared by the owner, and the best lumber pick over buy a logger.

Pruning Logs for Lumber

Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.

Sawmill on the Homestead

A first blog by sawmiller & long-time homesteader Dave Boyt. A little of my past history, and how I'm using my sawmill.