We also have a new skyline since so many tall trees are down now.
Last week some of the Cootz, Joshua and I went out to see some of the operation in action. The mill wasn't going, but we saw stacks and stacks of cut lumber. We also heard cow bells and a chainsaw. We had to work our way into where they were working, but it was worth it!
|Stacks of fresh lumber|
|Straight cuts with the chainsaw - making thirds or fourths|
Then three men with a team of three cows and a donkey yoked together with chains, pull the cut sections to a pile where they will start milling again.
These guys didn't want us taking pictures, so we were trying to be discrete. (So I didn't get good pictures!)
|Three cows and a donkey pulling sections|
|Then then men pile the sections together|
Jason used the JCB to move a piece of equipment, and then used it to help the trees fall a better direction than if they were just cut. He also used it to move the big trees to a pile away from where they were falling. It was amazing! God really blessed us with a great piece of equipment. It is used to make fire breaks, roads, fix roads, move trees, help fall trees, dig up stumps, dig the ditch for the dam, and many other things I don't even know about, I am sure!
|The JCB lumberjack in action. Those other tall trees to the left of it are down now also. That was the first of the day.|
Soon our lumber supply will be good again, and these trees that were getting dangerous will be down.
This particular type of cypress gets hollow inside and rotten if you let them get to big. These were already starting to be that way.
|The darker areas are really soft and starting to rot as well as the center.|
God helped us to get them cut just in time! Also the tall pine trees that the monkeys hide in, are down. YEAH! That is a bonus for us!
Thank you for all the prayers and support!