Just starting the first Climb
climbing and Trimming
as he heads to the top.
Topping the first tree
Pushing off the top to land in Just the exact spot below.
It took weeks of cleanup. We wanted to use the debris
rather than pay to have it hauled away. That meant shagging all the
limbs into smaller and smaller sticks to fit into the wood stove and putting
the smallest stuff through the chipper. I painted the log ends with a
thick blue paint to help the drying process and stack the logs in a place
large enough to get the sawmill close. After a month we were ready to
call the fella with the portable sawmill. I jokingly told folks it was
Saw Mill to custom cut our trees
May 2, 2003 The Sawmill job was as interesting and awesome as the tree
topping. Don Peroni (425-882-5199), and his wife came over to help stack logs on
Friday. They were here at daylight the next morning setting up the
saw. The deal was $250 for 2 days sawmill work if Dee and I helped the
whole time. Whew, we only thought we understood that this was to be
some hard work ;) Dee kept us filled with sandwiches and Aspirins and
lots of water to keep us going. The temp was in the 80's and green 12'
2"X 10"s are way heavy. The four of us worked 2 12 hour days and just
finished the last log as the sun was going down Sunday night. What a
Long Hard Job ! Those folks earned their money, In the end we shared a
few garlic beers and I gave them an extra $50.for the great job.
Upper and Lower Log Piles ready for the sawmill
Sawmill Outfit set up and running.
Good ole fashion full
dimension lumber. You can't buy this stuff at Home Depot!
The Log is secured and the saw travels down it's length.
of the boards will be used as floor joists for the second floor.
Turning large rounds into many full 2" X's
for the first floor will be open rafters making the floor joists visible.
Tired out or not, after the sawing we still had to quickly
get the lumber stacked and stickered to dry out without warping, getting
wet, or staining. In addition to that was the cleanup. Even more
debris than you can imagine. We had about 12 wheelbarrows of sawdust
alone to spread and about a full years worth of firewood chunks to stack.
We also ended up with dozens of "moon boards". Moon boards are the
first cuts on the log where one side is the rounded bark side. I kept many
of these moon boards and peeled them to "hopefully" use someplace in the
The lower stack all stickered but not yet tented. In the background
are some visible stacks of Sing Logs under cover.
The Upper stack un tented. You can spot several different sizes of
wood and even some of the moon boards I hung onto
I peeled about 8 logs to use as posts or beams in the house. They have
dried well, but have some large checks.
Dee working the log peeler on a special log for her Cob Cottage project
In order to legally use our own lumber for structural
construction we had to also pay for a lumber grader to come inspect our
rough cut lumber. On September 10, 2003 a very interesting fella named
Glen came to inspect. He inspected 1,476 board feet of rough cut
lumber. He also had a moisture meter so we could verify that our
lumber had dried perfectly from April to September, only 5 months. He
told us we did a great job of stickering and stacking the lumber for good
results. Most of our lumber was graded to #1 premium clear standards
with the rest matching a #2 grade. This job required Dee and I to
"Un-stack" the lumber as the grader inspected and stamped. Then, after
he was gone we again had to re-stack and securely cover the lumber once
again. How many times will we handle this lumber?
So, we ended up with the following Graded for Structural fitness lumber:
73 - 2"X10"X12' There were many boards that had "wane" (showing of
bark or bark rounded edge), that was not gradable, as well as the moon
boards, and some pieces not wide enough or with some bad spots, but usable
in construction other than for structural purposes. Since he was only
here for 2 hours he was able to reduce our fee to $150.00. That was
terrific, because to tell the truth; all this work to drop trees and sawmill
the lumber and grade the lumber was costing MORE than just going to home
depot to buy nominal construction lumber. Still, we did it this way
and feel much better for it.