Saws....

.... I've spent the better part of the morning watching three lumberjacks hammerheads fell various trees on the lot adjoining my property, and after three hours?..... well, I am hugely unimpressed.... so far they have managed to crush nearly every dogwood into a mangled, broken pulp....

... growing up in Tennessee in the 1970s, my family used wood as the main heating source through my childhood winters... every other spring, my father and I would head off to the farm of one or another of my relatives.... he'd pick a tree, size it up, and know exactly where he wanted the tree to fall so as to not damage any other standing tree..... he was a master of The Fall..... he'd saw, wedge, saw a little more.... wedge again.... and when all was finished, he'd drop that baby exactly where he wanted it.... the guys that I've been watching today?.... good grief.....

.... owning a typewriter certainly doesn't mean that you know how to use it..... and after today, the exact same thing can be said about owning a chainsaw....

..... now, far be it from me to belittle skills in someone that I certainly lack myself, but goddamn!.... I may not have sawn down a tree with a chainsaw myself, BUT I certainly have seen it done - and I know HOW to do it... (.. for the record, chainsaws give me the heebie jeebies.... and when I spent time watching - and learning from my Father - HE did all the chainsawing while I stacked, piled, and gathered...) .... and besides, I have felled many, many trees with only an axe and a few wedges, so I DO KNOW how to make one fall where it should......

.... hell, during my freshman year in high school I built an authentic log cabin out behind my Dad's old barn using only pine trees that I had dropped, skinned, and notched with only an axe....

..... ahhhh.... it just seems like such a waste of perfectly good flowering trees.... it also boggles my mind how a 65-year old Southern Man either doesn't know how to properly cut a tree down, OR harbors such a blatant disregard for a Thing of Beauty..... whatever the answer is, the thought is still depressing as hell.....

by Eric on November 20, 2010 | Bullshit (1) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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I'm at a loss as to what he's doing. The property looks kind of funky now. I thought that maybe he was just trying to thin it out for growth for the remaining trees, but now? After what you've described? Maybe he ain't right...

Bullshitted by Bou on November 21, 2010 11:12 PM