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Cousin Lee Lends a Hand Moving Trees

10 Aug , 2015   Video

Had a family member drop by for a visit earlier in the summer. It was a relaxing to hang out with a person that was in the same mindset with the off-grid lifestyle. Lee and I as children were lucky to travel to the family cottage on weekends. It was the opportunity to make epic tree forts, build sand castles and go fishing all day.
A few days into the visit, Lee offered to give me a hand to move some trees for the future stair project. The trees were just over 50 feet long and weigh around 2500 lbs. We had to use smaller logs as rollers and lumber as levers. Lee and I would rock the tree and my son would use a DC (battery) powered winch to pull the trees. It took a long time, put the trees eventually were moved into position for drying. Next year, the tree will be used as stair runners.
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Music credit: Cielo by Huma-Huma, YouTube Audio library

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Spring Break Tree Clean Up

26 Mar , 2015   Video

Had some time off during Spring Break in March.  Decided it was a good time to remove some trees that were diseased and to close to cabin.

Side note: Personally, I don’t like to cut down trees, I like the shade and privacy they offer. But these were too close to the structure and could come down in a wind storm. 

My good neighbour, who had more experience with these type of trees, came over and gave me a hand felling the trees. He had a just sharpened, sweet Stihl MS-241 that just cut through the trees like hot knife through butter.

After the trees were cut down (off camera), my task was to the de-limb the branches. It’s a time consuming process of cutting and dragging away the branches. If you are lucky enough to have a helper, it goes much quicker.

Once all the branches are removed, the logs are easier to move around. The plan was to drag the logs up the hill and cut the logs up. They will then be stacked for the summer and dried.
The key to cutting firewood, is to not move the logs or piles more than you need to. Very labor intensive for one person. I prefer to cut the logs in an area where there is a lot of foot traffic. The wood shavings from the chainsaw makes the ground less dusty, holds the moisture in the dirt and is nice to walk on.

In the next video, the logs will be dragged by a powered winch to a landing and processed into firewood or timber for building. I’ll talk about  a DC Powered winch-in-a-bag by Mastercraft

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