Sunday, November 16, 2008

Preparing for winter: Chopping Wood

During the past summer's hurricane season our neighbor lost a few trees; a water oak, a live oak, and a black oak. All of them make good fire wood, and all of them have been laying in the neighbor's pasture for months. A few weeks ago Mr. Incredible helped them cut the tree into pieces, in return for hauling some of the wood home. Today Mr. Incredible and my father-in-law used a rented wood splitter to break the logs into usable firewood.

Here is the family observing Grand-dad at work.

Mr. Incredible stepped in to help with the big logs. Manual labor looks good on my man.
Then my little man helped out with the big guys.
They grow up so fast.
Almost all of the dogs helped process the wood.

Here is my boy. See the intensity and determination.A little less determination.
This is my husband's boy. He is a very efficient wood processor.
My SIL's girl. The kid's dog was the only one that wasn't helping with the wood processing. He was too scared to go near the wood splitter.

This is what the stall in the barn that is used for wood storage looked like about half way through wood chopping.
We are not worried about any of the wood walking away. We have a "guard" dog.


The Gadabout Knitter said...

What excitement!! I'm sure the kids loved it! (Ro-ro is too cute as is the picture of C. in the earmuffs!)

Apples From An Apple Tree said...

You can make clay if you have any sawdust still lying around!

Start with 1 cup sawdust and about 1/2 cup flour. Mix in water to desired consistency. Crumbly mixture means add more flour and water.
It can be molded then let air-dry for about 24 to 48 hours.
After dry it has a very hard finish. You can sand it if you want but the rough texture can be fun.

This is great for a grown-up project but also for the kiddos. A little messy, though ;)

Leave natural color or use acrylics to decorate - washable tempera for the kiddos (but doesn't cover as well)
Amazingly cute pics of the family - smiling from afar :D