Snow and finish

Spot the bodgery.

snowy bodgeryWe’ve had about four inches of snow, which seems to be hanging around a bit.  It is not terribly cold, but this brings its own problems.  The snow was a bit soft yesterday and it started sticking to my clog soles.  The wooden, unsoled part in the middle welds to slightly damp snow, and then builds up, in the same way as how children roll large snow balls for snowmen.  Add a few shavings and pretty soon you’re a couple of inches taller, until one falls off and then your limping!

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I believe there is a dialect word for these clods of snow, but I’m blowed if I can find it.  Any ideas anyone?

We had the return of a little sun in the afternoon which was very welcome, it having been rather cloudy for many days.

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The last slab of the oak butt I milled attracted the attention of a cafe proprietor, so I’ve been working that up for a couple of food presentation boards with my usual knife-tooled finish.
SAMSUNG CSCIn the background you can see some progress on the green oak bench I’m working on.  It has a lower back than the last two.  I need to get the trailer down into the woods when the snow melts so I can level the legs in, the front two need taming a bit from their current wild splay.

Felling again today.  I have a new camera that takes pretty decent video – it looks really good on a big TV screen, but this extract is compressed for ease of downloading so quality is just ordinary.  Spot the inattention just before it finally goes down.  Tut, tut!  On this day that was the only tree to fall in one, all other three had to be hand winched down – I’m sparing you the endless video with a click, click, click sound track.

Not wildly exciting.  Today (it took a little while to load up the video) I’ve been felling on the slopes above where the video was taken, rather more snow now, melting stuff.  Keeping a footing is rather important, and the escape route is vital.  I did a lot of dragging timber to the ride, and left some pieces long to fit on the Landy roof rack, I’m not taking the trailer in until the weather improves.  I got the Land Rover a little stuck last week and ended up winching a rock out of the way so I could get home.

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I leave the brash piles as shelter for wildlife.  Not that all wildlife is the forester’s friend:

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The top of this sycamore had been de-barked by squirrels, the upper one in a full ring and killed the lead growth.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Snow and finish

  1. I used to love working outside on trees in wintertime, but my fingers hurt so much now from the least bit of cold that I have to head back as soon as I arrive!

    Any tips on maintaining warmth and circulation in your digits?

    • I would be grateful for suggestions too. My fingers stay warm when working outside, but anything near or below feezing when I’m on my bike and fingers hurst like mad, especially if any are recently damaged. I got some thin under-gloves but they were so close-fitting they stopped the circulation and made my fingers colder. Time machine required methinks to go back to being younger. 😦 I wear thick, lined leather work gloves when felling. I carry spare pairs for when they get too wet.

  2. Hestra Falt Guide Glove. The reviews on these for northern forestry work are outstanding and unrivalled… they are pricey but last for as long as you maintain them.

    • Thanks for the link. It turns out they are available at stores in my neck of the woods. I have used a pair of skiers light weight gloves inside skiers mittens. That keeps my hands just warm enough to be outside and mov ing around (it’s going to be twenty below zero fahrenheit here tonight!) but the mittens aren’t good for chainsaw type activity where you need to activate your trigger finger.

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