I’ve been rather busy shifting the felled timber back to base camp. I can’t get so near with the trailer so I use the Lift ‘n’Shift:
This little helper allows me to move logs that are too heavy to lift by picking a log up near its centre with a pair of dogs. The long handle gives leverage to help pick up. I fasten a rope on to help stabilise, note the cunning use of the log tongs to secure the rope, and the tongs are needed at either end – the felling site and stacking in the trailer. A load this size (although part of the load is out of frame) is enough for one old body:
The logs have then to be unloaded as well so a load a day is a very good work out.
I’m using some of this big stuff to make scratter axles. A scratter reduces apples to a pulp prior to pressing for cider (hard cider) or apple juice (cider) (stateside translation in brackets). The size my local brewery wants is about the biggest my current set up can cope with. I had to drill a hole to get max capacity in the horse – the billet is about 6 inches diameter after splitting and axe work:
Quite fun turning it down too, I’ve done one in sycamore and one in birch They are just roughed out and then I’ll dry them for a few weeks/months and skim them round again once seasoned.
One of the ash trees I took down (another leaner) was partly hollow, I thought I could make them into natural bird boxes – watch this space: