Thursday, 7 August 2014

Winter firewood all prepared

The winter's firewood is now ready! It only took us 5-6 hours to fill the remaining half of our store at the woods, using the new equipment we now have. Step one was to load the seasoned wood into the arbor trolley:


Next, wheel the trolley round to a suitable location and then the wood and be quickly transferred to the Truncator a few pieces at a time:


Position a wheelbarrow and cut off any long bits poking off the end of the Truncator:


Then move along and use the chainsaw to cut through the gaps in the Truncator:


Push the wheelbarrow along and tip the logs in (in practice Tracy was pushing the barrow while I tipped them):


Then take the wheelbarrow to the nearby log store and stack the logs - Tracy was doing this while I was loading the next batch of wood into the Truncator and sawing it - we had two wheelbarrows so we could both keep busy.


We got most of it done in an afternoon, then popped up the next morning for a couple of hours to finish the job:


There was still a bit of space in the log store at home, so after stowing the bench in the trailer, we mounted the Truncator on the side of it and loaded some more logs:


Then followed exactly the same process as before, but with the logs ending up in the trailer:




As the Truncator was securely strapped down, we were able to just drive off when we were done, and sort everything out when we got home. Nice to have that job finished! :-)


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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Shelter building in the woods

Last weekend I went to help a friend build a shelter in his woods, so he has a space to store the basics when he visits to manage the woodland this coming winter. We started by using a post driver to bang in some stakes:


Then attached cross-beams to these:

Everything up to this point had been Sweet Chestnut, but at this point a bit of purchased sawn timber was used:


The final step was to nail on some roof panels he'd bought, and use some recycled desk tops to make the walls:

There's a plan to 'clad' it with some dead branches to improve the aesthetics, but at least there's something to keep the rain off a few odds and ends now!

After the work, we rewarded ourselves with a dinner round a camp fire...

It was really good to be able to apply some of what I'd learned by building our own shelters in the past, of which there've been several versions...


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Monday, 21 July 2014

Ashden woodland camping trip 2014

This weekend I had friends from work come to camp in the woods, as happened about a year ago too. Fortunately the freak storm from the previous night had passed away, and we had mostly good weather!


As you can see, I'd put a tarpaulin up just in case of rain, and it did get used briefly in the evening! I had a second one set up on our old shelter frame as well:

There was the obligatory walk around the woods, which the sun came out for:

During the walk we saw some windblow from the previous night's storm:


Back at the camp there a couple had a go at chainsawing some logs, then there was the most impressive food preparation I've seen in the wood in a long time, perhaps ever!

We had a bit of a tent village going on, which was good as there were ten of us sleeping over!


The kids played on the rope swing until it went dark, then after they went to bed the rest of us went on the swing too - it's much more fun in the pitch black, and after a glass of wine! :-)

We finished up the next day with some target practice with the air rifle and a good breakfast cooked on the fire:

Looking forward to next time!


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Freak storm in Rye, and a first responder call!

On Friday a freak storm hit Rye, and while we were outside videoing it with my GoPro we got a first responder call to go and help people injured by the storm! Lots of wind and lightning, and the start of our drive to the incident, are in the video:

There's some photos of the damage on Rye News, and Knoops has a good photo of the storm before it hit.

First time we've done a first responder call in the middle of a large thunderstorm!


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Sunday, 13 July 2014

'Walkalong' chestnut paling fencing machine

One from the archives here... I found I recorded this video at the Bentley Wood Fair in 2009 and never uploaded it! So here you go, a demo of a very clever machine for making chestnut paling fencing as you walk along the route the fencing needs to take. The demo is by Aly and Toby of Say It With Wood.

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