The best thing about being on holiday is that you can do a bit of work for relaxation from holidaying. On Christmas’ Day Even a high wind blew and brought down an old ash tree that has been a creaking gate for some years (I remember a bough falling off it when I was a child about 50 years ago).
It fell rather inconveniently partly into The Leeds Liverpool Canal, almost blocking the way:
It looked much worse before we started clearing it out with a handy winch, all my straps and a couple of chain saws. It was a wonder, really that the tree had managed to stand up so long, the root-ball was almost entirely rotten.
I’m not an expert on tree fungi, but this one has been at work on the tree for a long time, and I’m expecting the stem to be at least partly hollow.
Most of the wood will end up in my log store, but there maybe a chance of getting out a couple of planks with the BIG SAW and Alaskan mill. The thinning chain saw is certainly going to need a good sharpening, even though the muddy logs that had embedded in the bottom of the canal were avoided.
I’ve brushed off the worst of the mud and the wind and rain now falling should help out a lot finishing the job. We’re certainly going to have plenty of good ash logs for some time.
And then fortuitously our neighbour’s fence blew down too, so that’s the kindling sorted out for this Winter too. Just a bit short of newspaper now …
Coppicing, felling, tushing (pretending to be a horse dragging timber rideside) trying to do a little woodwork. Today it was coppicing. Finally finished off the monster stool – it’s about 4 foot across, and severely overgrown. Nothing else was growing within the spread of its massive (for hazel) canopy. But after four visits its all down:
I should have taken a picture of the huge pile of wood we got from it. ‘All’ that’s left to do now is to get it down to this level:
A neighbouring, smaller stool we took down in one today, thanks David!