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  • Skwerl2's Avatar
    40 Minutes Ago
    Skwerl2 replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Just got in from 3 sales calls. Sold all three, plus I got a phone call confirming a fourth I bid the other day. Almost a full week's worth of work on the books in 3 hours, I'm a happy camper.
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  • stig's Avatar
    43 Minutes Ago
    See, feeding vegetarians isn't that hard. Keep that in mind for when I come visiting.
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  • Raj's Avatar
    48 Minutes Ago
    Raj replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I think it would be a great plus for some Stig at werk videos!
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    59 Minutes Ago
    I love homemade hummus......the store bought stuff is too bitter. Might raise some Garbanzos this year.
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  • stig's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Hummus. Drizzled with good olive oil and scooped up with warm Pita bread the way it is served all over the old Ottoman empire. Learned to make it in 75 in Israel and it has been on the meny ever since.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    :lol: I like him already.
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  • stig's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    stig replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Thanks. Do a job for 40 years, if you don't get good at it, probably should have quit years ago:lol: I was really impressed by the kid, he did 18 trees that first day, then spent the night bitching about getting a bad start or he could have made it to 20. Gotta love that kind of spirit.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    DMc replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Really, really impressive, Stig! I'd be done in, in 4 hours for sure, but all the rest too, the knowledge and skill you possess, just flat impressive.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Thanks...good info. Like anything well done, it's not all simple. Judgement of quality takes knowledge and experience. THanks.
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  • stig's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    stig replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    MS441 is the smallest saw we run for logging. We bought a MS362 at one time, but nobody wanted to use it, it was simply too slow. So we sold it under the table and put the money in the travel fund.:) The bottom log is bucked to whatever standard the mill asks for. These were bucked for transport to China, so no logs over 11,8 meter ( Shipping container length) The call was AF+A+B+BC+continuing C. That means you can't buck a C quality log unless that quality is backed up by a length of something btter. So a pure C log gets bucked for firewood or flooring logs. You walk along the log and grade it as you go, depending on watersprouts, branches, twist, curvature, old scrapes, and in the case of beech, amount of false heartwood. When you get to the point where the log doesn't match the set standard, you buck it. The rest of the tree is bucked into 2,8 meter lengths for flooring mill logs or firewood. Bucking logs is a bit of a science, but once you know how, it is pretty much done by instinct. We had a discussion here once where Jed felt that loggers were WAY above arbos ( Of course we are, and those who do both are really top of the heap:D) and somebody said that if Mark Chisholm took to logging, he'd make a hell of a logger in no time. My though on that was, not around here, he wouldn't. Takes at least a season before one has the grading system down pat. Mathias, our former apprentice now turned employe, asked me to take a look at one of his yesterday on the way out of the forest. Just wanted me to confirm that he had made the right decision. ( He had) Bucking wrong can cost the forest owner and in the end the faller a lot of money.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Now you gotz to answer a boat load of questions!!! :D
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I assume you switch to smaller saws for all that teeny bucking. How long are the pieces you buck? I assume the trunks/spars are measured to a specific length. What about the smaller wood?
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  • stig's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    stig replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    My fingers and forearms are sore from grabbing the saw for so long. Apart from that, and some general tiredness, like after running a marathon, I'm fine. But then we are in peak logging shape now. If I had done it in mid summer, I'd be more or less dead right now. Swinging a 661 and a 441 is heavy work. No way I could do it for more than a couple of days. Mature beech are between 3 and 4 feet in diameter. Normally we don't buck anything under 5 inches, the tops are forwarded out for biomass, but they were in dire need of firewood, so we were asked to buck to 2,2 inches ( 6 centimeeters)
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    I can't imagine working 12 hours swinging a saw. My productivity would go WAY down after 7 or 8!
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Good work! What kind of size do harvest-aged beech typically reach?
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Glad to hear it Stig.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    :lol: Great report. Y'all seem to be a great team. Gotta be some tired puppies.
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  • stig's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    stig replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I'm back after two days of extreme logging in the south. We had a great time. OK trees and landscape and terrific weather. Thursday morning before dawn the 3 of us hit the forest. Did a "Le Mans" like start: " Gentlemen, start your engines" and worked balls to the wall for 12 hours. It wasn't mentioned, but we all knew we were competing for most trees felled and bucked in a day. Normally we count 10 trees as a days work in mature beech, bucked to 6 centimeretrs. We did the whole stand of 69 trees that day. Most fun I've had in a long time. When you fall beech every day, it gets kind of boring after a couple of months, so going all out like that is a nice change. I used 3 gallons of gas and a lot of sandwiches to keep me and the saw going. Beat both of the youngsters, too. Richard by only one tree, but for an old guy with leukemia and arthitis, that is pretty good. I've always ( at least after I turned 30) been able to out fall anybody when I put my mind to it, t'was nice to see that I haven't lost that ability. If someone from the WADA had turned up with a paper cup for me to piss in, I would have been done for, though. Had to eat a bunch of Ibuprofen to shut up my bad knee. We impressed the hell out of the forester who runs the estate. good thing, as he runs 3 more estates down there. Should lead to some more work. They put us up in a really nice house. Too nice for a bunch of scruffy fallkers, actually. Been the best two days in a long while:)
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Anyway...Canadas road death rate is 6 per....US murder rate is 4.9 per. After seeing all those Canadians yesterday I can understand why.
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Good point Stig. The only way I would support arming teachers is if they brought back smoking in the teachers lounge between classes.
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  • stig's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    stig replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Being the son of two teachers, I just love how y'all simply assume that school teachers are sane enough to carry guns around:lol: My dad would have stopped that idiot, I have no doubt about that. My mom, on the other hand,would have shot a bunch of students and teachers if they annoyed her.
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Oooohhhh.....got me. I am WAY more likely to die from heart disease than gun violence.....but I reckon I will keep sucking down those cheese burgers and really worry about guns today.
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