Final Sunday, I launched into considered one of my annual “upkeep” rituals. Across the starting of January, after I’m in search of excuses to get productive once more, I begin sizing up the situation of the timber in our yard. They’re dormant, in fact, and I’m not entrenched in all of the yardwork duties that spring and summer time will convey. By February, I’ve bought my gameplan in thoughts, and it’s time for tree trimming! I say that with the form of blissful amnesia that comes from not having carried out it for a 12 months. As a result of I neglect how a lot work is concerned with trimming timber. There’s the pole-sawing, chain-sawing, ladder-climbing and the dragging away of limbs simply felled. As soon as the tree is wanting good once more, the job is basically solely half carried out. Maybe not even half. The pile of tree cover laying within the yard should nonetheless be processed into smaller, flatter, manageable piles of limbs. And meaning lopping, loading, hauling and — this weekend a minimum of — firing up my cantankerous woodchipper. It solely took 11 pulls to start out the beast this time — that’s an enchancment from final 12 months!
By the tip of the day, the particles was shredded into some form of cellulous coleslaw. I used to be a few half-gallon of fluids dehydrated, and it was a two-ibuprofen slide right into a fitful evening of exhausted sleep. However, carried out! No accidents, and solely three extra timber to go!
I’m unsure tree trimming counts as woodworking, per se. However no query about it, the “work” half is definitely true!
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal
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