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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Off To The Mill...

8:56 am - 62 degrees - beautiful day...

While we’re working on clearing the defensible space {click here} around our house which works its way into the pond area {click here} and the new driveway/extra parking area, a number of trees have had to come out. 

For the past several months, on nights and weekends, Tony has been falling, limbing, and stacking logs – one pile to be hauled off to the mill and another pile for firewood.

Yesterday afternoon a self-loading log truck came up to haul off the first load of logs.  We’ve seen log trucks loaded up but we’ve never watched a self loader before, they’re definitely a world unto themselves.  Half truck, half machine, a truly independent aspect of logging. 


After the trailer, also known as a log dolly (which is hauled in a piggy-back configuration), was unloaded and hooked up, the logs were able to be loaded on.

Loading logs takes quite a bit of skill – maneuvering the large logs and getting them balanced and placed just right on the trailer.  It was really interesting to watch.  

Over the bridge and thru the woods, off to the mill he goes.

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