Take 2: Logging at the Farm

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  1. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Take 2!!

    Hopefully I
    can load the photos of the logging operation at our farm. We had a bunch of dying and dead ash trees we needed to harvest. The Emerald ash tree borer has been devasting ash trees throughout the US & Canada.

    The Forester had a crew of three men, including himself and 6 pieces of machinery plus a large truck for hauling the logs away. It was quite an operation.

    Here are two skidders they used for hauling the logs up from our "back forty". It was a goodly distance, about a mile, all slightly uphill. Our farm is located South of one of the Great Lakes, so it gets a lot of rainfall. The logging roads were mud mud mud. We now have deep deep ruts.
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    Those wheels were huge! Taller than me.

    Back in the woods, they had another piece of machinery that would grab a standing tree with it's pinchers, cut it and direct it's fall. Then it had some wheels with big studs that grabbed the trunk &
    would pull the tree through a cutting process, lopping off all the branches. Finally, it would
    cut the top off. IMG_20200713_155108_compress37.jpg IMG_20200713_155208_compress25.jpg
    This machine is
    actually a lot bigger than it looks in the photo.

    Back at the head of the road the loggers had a crane that would pick up the logs, sort them between firewood and hardwood, cut the hard wood to length, then stack them for the log buyer.
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    These are the firewood logs; dead ash or too diseased for sale as hardwood.
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    This is a pile of ash for sale as hardwood. IMG_20200708_174202_compress28.jpg
    Crane at work, stacking. IMG_20200709_094119_compress99.jpg
    Here is the buyer, measuring the hardwood
    logs diameter and length, grading them, and entering the info into a computer attached to his belt.
    He also measures the depth of any cracks and deducts that from the length. IMG_20200709_094345_compress60.jpg

    Here is the crane swinging the logs around so the buyer can examine them on all sides. IMG_20200716_075505_compress26.jpg

    This log is a cherry. The Forester has relationships with at least five different mills. He contracts with about 5 different mills, and sells
    based on the price they were giving for the different kinds of wood:. Ash, cherry, larch, hemlock, hardwood maple, hickory, & scotch pine.

    The Amish buy the hemlocks for shed & barn building. The maples go to a mill
    in Canada for baseball bats and skateboards, the ash goes for....I have forgotten what. Cherry goes for furniture, veneer
    and kitchen cabinets. Scotch pine goes for pallets, I forgotten what the hickory goes for, and the walnut goes for furniture & veneer.
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    Finally, here is the truck the Forester uses for hauling the logs away. If he does the delivery, he saves himself a delivery charge. This truck also has a crane on it.

    It was a very interesting operation and clearly this Forester is a good businessman. He knows his business: how to deal with customers (us), his crew, the machinery, the various mills, etc. And of course the trees.
     
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  3. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Cayu--I thoroughly enjoyed this foto spread and great commentary. Not only did I feel as if I were right there, but I got a patent understanding of the process and economics.

    The fourth foto from the top captures the most important job of the whole operation--the supervisors and commentary blokes. ;)

    Thanks ever so much for going to the trouble of sorting the foto's and making this very interesting thread. I seem to be missing another thread--the "Take 1".
     
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