today was a day that a guy can really like. waking up to the mountains around covered in snow. a chill in the air but so much natural beauty surrounding us. I didn't feel that i had been doing too much work here at the wwoof spot and my jewish guilt was getting to me a bit. but today more than made up for it. today we played with wood.
Mr Lee, the brother to the mother of the house i am at, and I got to cut some logs with a chainsaw. i don't know any guy who doesn't love playing with saw and power tools. combine them together and you got yourself a chainsaw. these things rock. and using them to cut into logs that are lying in stacks on the front law is down right AWESOME.
once done cutting and moving them from one side of the lawn to the other with a wheel barrow came the next fun part of the day. we chopped wood. the tools of choice? these axe heads that had handles of either small trees or big branches. this was old school, this was rugged. at one point one of the handles split so we had to take the wood left in the axehead out and put a new "pole" in. this was how it was done for years, it worked then and can work now. here's the process we used for chopping the wood. we'd land the axe into the center of the log. next the axe swinger would hold the handle while the other person would take a sledgehammer like mallet and hit the axe head, delivering it deeper and deeper until the wood would split. next the axe swinger would take, usually, one chop down the halves to split them. then we'd move to the next log.
needless to say, it was very, very, VERY fun. Tiring, but fun.
After that we demolished a cement well in the yard, but that wasn't as fun as playing with wood.