Monday, October 27, 2014

Holy Cow, I Missed Forest Products Week!

We made up for that little faux-pas yesterday and began the workup on an ash tree the loggers missed two years ago. I do believe this is the prettiest stump I have ever cut.

This brought to mind a little poem in a very old reference book that is usually close by.

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for long it's laid away.
Birch and fir logs burn too fast,
Blaze up bright and do not last.
Elmwood burns like churchyard mould;
E'en the very flames are cold.
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.
Applewood will scent your room,
With an incense like perfume,
Oak and Maple, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter cold.
But Ash wood wet and Ash wood dry,
A king shall warm his slippers by.

Now, here's a little chip show in the autumn afternoon sunshine.

Video by Susan

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