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Melanie, our other very fine intern, showed herself early on to be very good with the horses, and so for a majority of her time, that’s just what she does. She harnesses the horses, rides them down to the bottomland, works with them for the day, and takes them back up to their pasture at the end of the day. The horses respect her as much as they do Jason and Jagger, and J&J trust her with them, too.

Mel is always off somewhere catching a log and dragging it to where it needs to go, so all the pics of her seem to be off somewhere in the distance doing her work. I did grab this pic of her yesterday pulling a big ‘ol white pine out of the woods to the sawmill with her charges, Tong and Wedge…

Melanie with 2 horses

Melanie with 2 horses

She was hauling one really big log – a 22 footer for one of the rafters in the garage.  That’s one big log for just a coupla horses!

One big log!

One big log!

Since Melanie is an intern, and working with Healing Harvest to learn everything she can, she also wanted to see what it was like to operate the skid-steer, a wonderfully all-purpose piece of equipment currently being used to move logs up onto the truck and onto the sawmill.

Melanie with 80 horses

Melanie with 80 horses


The weather had been soooo bad in Floyd the last few weeks of November, I finally snapped. I had work to do in Nevis, West Indies that had been calling me strongly, and the prospect of escaping for a week of shorts, sandals, and sailing, too, was just too strong.

When I returned this past Sunday, the crews had not been able to get a lot of work done due to the ongoing bad weather, but were able to get back to it Monday as it hasn’t rained in a couple of days and the weather was miraculously in the 50’s.

Sawed a bunch more logs into timbers. Felled one last (?) big white pine that was leaning towards what will be the house. Terrible shame to see the big girl go, but it turned out to have rot inside it that predicted it would be on top of the house before too long. Tomorrow we’ll see what timbers can be sawn/salvaged from it. We were hoping to get some of the last few big 24″ wide or 21′ long timbers out of her, but we’ll just have to see.

Our very fine Biological Woodsmen apprentices have received short shrift in this story so far, while they have been an integral and essential part of this effort. Below, Adam takes a short break after helping harvest this big tree. Adam is really good with a chainsaw, so he does a lot of the directional felling work.

Too bad he always seems to have his back to the camera.

Adam

Adam