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Blog entry by frank posted 02-18-2008 02:17 PM 1454 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Northern Version of YardWork

And so up here in the land of snow, I was in need of doing some yardwork here recently and then more of….sometimes daily. So I thought I would post my version, of what that means for one such as I, who live’s in the north country come winter. So if you have your boots on and if you will please grab a shovel, then let us proceed for this mornings clean-up….

....digging out my path to the shop has become a daily thing for me as I shovel out the snow and ice so as to get inside the upper part of the barn…. much snow this year that I’ve carved out my steps before me. Since I live in what is called the granite state….I guess I still prefer working at carving with snow, as the easier route to go…..

....and then we get to the other side of the stairway, where it’s time to go on in and get to work….

....thought I would include two shots here of some wood that is doing sitting time outside in the elements of the four seasons, while there is hope for some nice ‘spalting’ to occur. One log is birch with a nice burl on it’s trunk and the other is maple….yes spalting is some slow work of nature as these have been waiting and curing now for about 4 years. Never know what’s in the log, the burl or if the ‘spalting is going to catch….till I open them up, therefore these are ‘two teachers’ of patience….

....and an-other shot…. if you don’t mind I’ll just squeeze in a shot of some all-ready spalted maple, that is the resting place for this piece of osage orange, ah yes….’wood art’ in the out-of-doors….

Thank you.

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” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-18-2008 02:58 PM

Frank, These are wonderful reminders why I enjoy living in this part of the country. Yesterday it was in the mid-50s and I moved my saws outside and made some sawdust. I simply could not imagine dealing with this much snow. I did spend about an hour and a half shoveling my driveway a week ago after we had a 3” snowfall but the remnants were gone within a couple of days. That is enough for me this season.

Your photography is gorgeous. The scenes you posted are absolutely beautiful. But I would rather experience snow, especially in these proportions, vicariously.

Thanks for the post. Come on spring.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-18-2008 03:20 PM

I live in central NY right on the NY/PA border and we get a bit of snow but thankfully not that much snow.
Your old English Barn looks pertty good with a light dusting. I’m lucky the path to my shop is a short one. Thanks for posting the pictures.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#3 posted 02-18-2008 03:28 PM

You are a hearty soul.
We have had above average snowfall this year but nothing compared to yours.


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#4 posted 02-18-2008 04:48 PM

I like those steps!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 02-18-2008 05:00 PM


I’m sure you are enjoying the weather and your pictures remind me why I moved south instead of north. Yesterday the high was in the 60’s and today will be the same and as of yet no snow this winter. I’m sure your two teachers of patience will be very rewarding.

Stay warm and watch your step.


-- Mark

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#6 posted 02-18-2008 05:54 PM

Yes, my thoughts exactly, those steps will become treacherous with the slightest change in the weather..but who better to tread lightly then the man that made them and the man that lives with that weathre..

Watch your steps and may those in particular, disappear quicker than you hope….

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 02-18-2008 06:15 PM

Always love your postings. I really like the last shot.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 02-18-2008 06:54 PM

Frank, I have a brother who lives in Texas and he says he would not live any place that gets below 30. I like the four seasons here in Minnesota. I love the winter snow scenes. I am retired now and live in a senior community, so I do not have to remove the snow or mow the grass and I park in a heated underground garage with a car wash bay. Although, I do envy the surroundings that you live in.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 02-18-2008 07:03 PM

I too like winter and would love that much snow. This winter has been great. I believe this is a record year for precipatation. Enjoy

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#10 posted 02-19-2008 11:21 AM

I used to live in a snowbelt in Canada and remember this kind of snow. I miss it actually. Our summer in the south is now waning, so I am certain that relief is in store for you soon. Our days are getting shorter, the evenings cooler. We’re lucky if we get one snow down here in the winter but that won’t be until July or August.. Christmas in the summer or July1 (Canada Day)/July 4th(Independence day) in the winter is just not the same. Think about that for a second…

The NZ beech in my forest spalts readilly. I’ll have to look into this some more about why it does this so easily in my conditions. If I could tame the spalting process, then I may have an interesting option for producing abundant amounts of beautiful woods.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#11 posted 02-19-2008 01:39 PM

Hello to all;
—-and thank you for your words of, admiration of the snow….(can I say my snow….LOL) my steps, which since it rained yesterday will be in need of repair today….(after the rain I’ll be sanding and re-cutting) and also I noticed that FrankA was caught up in noticing the ‘old English Barn’, along with Todd”s comment on the ‘spalted maple and osage orange. Now I know many other’s made comment and fogive me for not mentioning you by name….but then also understand that I did read your comments with thanks.

....might I also say hi to Steve from New Zealand. I’m not familiar with the NZ beech, but I am curious about the spalting down your way, along with you comment on how easily the conditions in your area produce the fungus. Anyway I thought I would throw in a picture of the spalted birch above in times of green and no-snow.

You will notice I have let the burl start developing cracks in the wood there, since this will usually speed up the spalting process some by allowing a ready bed of moisture to soak and stay into the depths of the wood. It is the ready bed of moisture that draws my occupants of bacteria, that in turn start the spalting process. Going on 4 years now and so I will probably cut this one open this summer and then I get to see if I have beautiful spalted birch or punky birch. The problem with birch is that it does not weather all that well and so I never know till I open the log//burl up. I might also mention that I have not yet decided on how to open this one up to get the most wood use out of the burl….so we shall see.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#12 posted 02-22-2008 07:30 PM

I love all of the snow Frank. I am moving to a part of California where I have a better chance of getting snow in the winter.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#13 posted 02-23-2008 01:44 PM

Hi Steffen;
—-well maybe I can send you some snow since it appears we//I have more than an abundance over here….LOL.

Actually all this snow will work out great come spring and summer, when I break out the kayaks and canoes and head for the water….a little mix of river water and lake water.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#14 posted 02-23-2008 01:54 PM

I live in the snow belt in Ontario. Even when it rains in the city, 15 minutes from here, it snows here. I can totally appreciate what your daily chores are like as I shovel and push that white cement twice a day, every day… this time of year I look forward to spring.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 02-23-2008 02:19 PM

Hello Roman;
—-and then we just got some more, (3-4 inches) yesterday afternoon and throughout the night, so today I guess I’ll have to push some snow with the plow truck….before I start shoveling….oh well it is beaut-i-full….


Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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