The guess is that this pine was about 60 years old. Â the 96 year old neighbor remembers planting this tree. Â jay, who is 56 has pictures of his firstÂ communionÂ with the tree about head high. Â It was damaged in the october snow and threatened to fall on a house. Â Everyone was sad to see her go.
Last november on a cold sunday morning about 8am the neighborhood rallied. Â An off duty bucket truck, a 12″ wood chipper, 2 back hoes, and about 10 guys all showed up. Â A guy up in the bucket started high and took down each limb 1 by 1. Â 6 or 7 guys would swarm in while he moved the bucket to drag away branches to feed the chipper. Â Larger and larger pieces went into the chipper in 4 foot lengths. Â What was too big for the chipper and too small for a mill was thrown into the buckets and dumped in our pile of big pine wood to be a future bonfire. Â It was quite the scene of ear plugs, wool hats and sweaty middle aged men still holding their own in their carharts. Â At the end of the day all that remained were these pieces and 3 huge piles of wood chips.
The son of the neighbor who planted the tree has a portable band saw mill. Â It takes pieces 34″ wide. Â He is going to start on it next week weather permitting. Â We are going to take some of the wood here on the farm – mostly for siding and signs. Â We can cut table tops, boards, posts, etc. Â let us know if you have any ideas or needs for rough cut pine wood.