Wood Cutting Exercise

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Wood Cutting Exercise

Ah, today was warm enough to help my husband gather wood for our heater. There's nothing quite like wood heat to warm up a house. A little messy, yes, but oh the comfort of coming out of the cold outside into cozy warmth. In fact, we find wood heat far superior to electric heat. And besides, it helps keep our electricity costs down. We're on a budget plan, where a year's charges are averaged out and that is our constant monthly bill for the next year. We've seen our bill drop from $70 to $56.

Gathering wood is work intensive. We start out collecting our gloves, measuring stick, power saw, axe, jackets and toques (pronounced "tooks" = warm knit hats). Then we pile into the SUV. This particular morning we went over to our neighbor's place to help him clean up some felled trees, buck them (cut into stove length), and in turn he would share some of the wood with us.

This day the trees were on a steep, high part of the property. My husband drove up the narrow road to the spot. I chose to walk. Such steep places unnerve me. This time, the steep road afforded some fun later on.

The logs bucked near the butt of the trees were too large to put into the SUV; actually they were too big to even pick up. But they could be rolled! What a fun "bowling game" that was, the aim being to roll them in such a way as to get the log pieces to go to the bottom of the hill. As it was, only four out of a dozen or so made it to the bottom. Others got stuck on the sides of the road here and there. The hard work seemed fun when a game was made out of it.

Guess we could all make work more joyful than toilsome by finding a fun way to do it.

From the top looking down.
From the top looking down.
Trimming off the branches.
Trimming off the branches.
Measuring off cutting lengths.
Measuring off cutting lengths.
Bucking into stove length pieces.
Bucking into stove length pieces.
"Hey, look this way.  Let me take your picture."
"Hey, look this way. Let me take your picture."
Some we carried to the SUV.
Some we carried to the SUV.
Piling it up.
Piling it up.
Those pieces can be heavier than you think.
Those pieces can be heavier than you think.
And some we rolled down the hill.  Wonder if this one will make it to the bottom...  All the hard work gets one warm.  Had to take off my coat.
And some we rolled down the hill. Wonder if this one will make it to the bottom... All the hard work gets one warm. Had to take off my coat.
That's it for today, folks.  Ready to pack it out.
That's it for today, folks. Ready to pack it out.
The back of the SUV piled up, and much more down the hill.  We were there around 2-1/2 hours.
The back of the SUV piled up, and much more down the hill. We were there around 2-1/2 hours.

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techygran 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

Dear lifeandhealth, this was a very interesting hub. I'm happy to see that folks like yourselves still engage in "hard work" to keep body and soul together vs. the usual lazy lifestyle most of us have taken up. This looks like it was a happy, healthy venture! Voted you up!

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