If you would have told us in June of 2012 (when we purchased our land) that we'd still be peeling logs in June of 2014...we would have laughed. Yet, here we are, in our third go round with peeling quaking aspen for the cordwood house.
We've learned lots of lessons over the years. For example; peel the logs where you can get rid of the peelings immediately and not have to transport them to their final resting spot. Or - cut the logs into manageable lengths before you try transporting them.
As we end May and start June we figure on about 2 to 3 more weeks of good peeling weather. Then it will be too hot and the bark will start to cling to the trees...making the ease of peeling the bark off into the hassle of chipping the bark off. We need to get 10 cord done this season to have our final amount for the house.
Well for all of you who have never seen the proccess (or have forgotten how it is done) here is a little video we've put together for you. It takes you from standing tree to peeled log (we don't have video of cutting the logs to 18" lengths, splitting them, and stacking them....but you can use your imagination).
Enjoy (and come help)!
If you want more blog entries on peeling logs (after you watch this video) look here...