Carl Rice arrived Wednesday afternoon at the land to set up his portable sawmill. Thursday and Friday were spent getting the logs down off the hill and beginning to saw them into gorgeous boards that will become part of my house. A few things about Carl: a) He's awesome, from the solid facial chops to the various mountain oriented skills he has mastered, b) He works at a pace that I am really enjoying- somehow the ratio of work to rest in a day matches my natural rhythm, so working together has been really enjoyable for me, c) He is a great conversationalist, engaging in topics ranging from logistics of logging, to wine making and proofing homebrew with cornmeal, to cock fighting. Carl has done several extra things for me that he didn't have to do, such as cutting down a large black walnut, cutting posts for frames for the stacks, helping us stack, and teaching me how to do things properly- because he "likes to help someone who is helping themself." I am finding him to be very hard working and generous.
Today Moonie and I, with the mentoring and assistance of Carl, stacked the first batch of walnut. I got a load of sticker wood from Randall (up Spring Creek) yesterday so that Carl wouldn't have to spend time and wood cutting stickers. We used those to lay between the layers of boards to create air flow for proper drying. We are stacking the boards on a southwestern facing hill so they will hopefully dry nicely. Enjoy the photodocumentation of the first segment of sawmilling at my place. There will be more action photos of Carl next week when we get back to work.
Note: I did stack boards in my Jonathan Youngs today, and as pimpin' and stylin' as they were, they are starting to make my feet hurt due to not offering enough arch support... Sometimes it hurts to look good.