The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mid-winter Firewood Blues

Well, it's that time of year when you look out at your woodpile and decide whether you "done good" or not. And what you can do better next year.

If you're in that mood, take a look at this video. This gentleman in Sweden has a routine that makes firewood collection and splitting look downright enjoyable. While it's not the fastest firewood process I've ever seen, it sure makes for a great day in the woods (and on the lake). Just goes to show that not everything has to be fast or big to be productive. And that there's an art to everything woody, even collecting firewood.

So chase away those mid-winter firewood blues and start thinking about next year's haul.


Jeff McBee said...

That was very entertaining. Thanks, Chuck.

That guy trusted his 2x12 ramps far more than I would.

The second splitter with the drop saw is a clever combination.

Keep up the good work!

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