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Blog series by Monte Pittman updated 05-30-2014 08:44 AM 6 parts 22419 reads 117 comments total

Part 1: What am I doing here

11-20-2012 11:12 PM by Monte Pittman | 12 comments »

For those of you that feel like grabbing a chainsaw and go cut some trees to make things out of, this blog is for you. Today started yesterday afternoon. Hook up the trailer, sharpen both saes, make sure you have gas and oil, spare chains and filters. Tinker in the shop for a couple hours and go to bed early. The alarm goes off at 12:45 am. Everything is loaded so it is just a matter of hopping in and going. I am heading 322 miles away. To here ; It looks like a autumn forest ...

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Part 2: Burned Cedar & Box Elder

11-25-2012 05:01 AM by Monte Pittman | 7 comments »

Here’s some pictures of the cedar I got earlier this week, For the most part the burn only slightly damaged the bark, the actual wood was still plenty good. Today we went to another ranchers place that was close by. For those who work with Box Elder know that it can be very hit and miss getting quality color in it. We hit the jackpot on the first tree, I am going to use it for some side rails on a baby crib I have to get done by Christmas. New grandchild due tha...

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Part 3: Colors of the kill

10-24-2013 09:47 PM by Monte Pittman | 18 comments »

now that are slow was finally melted I can get back to hauling logs for the winter. Where I had been getting logs from is currently buried with snow. So I went shopping through the hills for trees I could get to. Found a very large patch that was very easy to access. It’s located near a scenic area Although I look for all kinds of trees, beetle kill pine is by far the most common one that I do cut down. Most people think that the only color of beetle kill is blue ...

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Part 4: slow load

10-27-2013 01:23 AM by Monte Pittman | 15 comments »

First I want to show that I stood the trees back up properly I was under the delusion that I could hold 10-12 logs. After killing my winch and seeing the trailer squat with these I decided to take half at a time. Good color though. Running late. But getting them home. Thanks for looking

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Part 5: This will leave a bruise

03-09-2014 11:46 PM by Monte Pittman | 31 comments »

Let me start by saying that I was having a really good day. I had to replace my pickup and winch for hauling logs. My old pickup and winch however were undersized for what I was doing. I stumbled on to this pickup It’s ugly but the engine was completely overhauled and a heavy duty transmission had been put in it. It runs great and doesn’t even notice that I have a load. I also invested in a much better winch with log tongs. This was a huge improvement. I got this lo...

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Part 6: A better way to haul logs

05-30-2014 08:44 AM by Monte Pittman | 34 comments »

Up till now, I have done my own logging. Spend 5-6 hours and come home with 8-10 logs. It was a struggle to keep enough wood on hand and drying to keep up with orders. About 2 weeks ago I run across a logger who said that he could help. A year ago I tried to find a logger to buy from with no luck. Wednesday he rolled in. They’re 16’ long. Roughly calculated out to 5200 board feet (Doyle scale). My savings, about 70 hours of labor, no wear and tear on equipment...

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