So what does a woodworker do when they're feeling restless and unable to get to the shop...I suppose that depends on the woodworker. I myself have been doing a lot of reading, and thinking about the future of the shop. I have also spent some time updating the blog and trying to make it look more readable and professional. I am pleased with the changes so far. I am also going to take the chance to catch up on some smaller days at the shop I missed writing about along the way this year.
This fall I got into a conversation at work with Michelle, her and her husband Mark own 400 acres of land just across the river in Minnesota. I was asking her if they had any apple wood on their property that had been cut down or fallen recently. She called her husband and he told her he didn't think the apples had gone down much this year, but there was a couple of big pieces of Black Walnut left over from some loggers the year before and I could have it if I wanted. The only question I had was "what day can I come out?"
My God do those two own a beautiful chunk of earth!! They gave my wife Naomi and I "The Tour" where they have an old farmstead up on top the bluff and we walked down a trail to a rocky outcropping where you could stand and look over the Mississippi river. I so envy the treasure they have there, if I owned that land I don't think I would ever come in the house.
I have to admit I don't know a whole lot about logging other than they are interested in getting the best wood possible as easy and cheaply as possible, this makes sense to me, but beyond that I don't know a whole lot. These are the pieces that they left behind and I was given.
Mjollnir and I have the start of a split. I hit the wedge several more times, actually burying it
Myself, I chose to take my time and make a day of this project, and what an enjoyable day it was, and now I have a big stack of wood with fantastic color just waiting for me next summer.
A little edit here: I was able to get somewhere with a much quicker wifi connection and so I thought I would upload this quick video I took while I was working. I'm not sure why the camera cut just before I finish off the split but you get enough to get the process.Hey. . . Oldwolf Workshop doing some video on the site...watch out Matt Vanderlist and Shannon Rodgers. Just kidding, don't look for too much video from me.