David

David

Posted on 01/17/2016


Photo taken on November 14, 2014

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Log Pile

Log Pile
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Joe & Pat Bouley
Joe & Pat Bouley
Are you cutting & hauling this wood yourself David? For your own winter wood?
Or is this just a shot of a nearby woodpile?
20 months ago.
David has replied to Joe & Pat Bouley
This is a log pile we had delivered to the property November of 2014. Over the past year, we've been slowly working at cutting up the logs, splitting and stacking the wood. Yes, this is our stockpile of wood for heating. We ordered it this way because we got it at a better price. We figure we have a four year's supply of wood here.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Joe & Pat Bouley
Joe & Pat Bouley
Just a little family history regarding wood for the winter. Your Grandpa, Henry Bouley used to go out & help Your Great Grandfather, Leo Eckensviller get his supply of winter wood.
They would hook up Leo's team of horses, go into the surrounding bush, cut down trees with axes & crosscut saws, haul them to the farm, hook up dads truck to a belt running a 24"
buzz saw blade & cut them into 18" pcs. Your uncle Albert would push the tilt table into the blade & I would throw the cut pc. into the woodpile.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
David has replied to Joe & Pat Bouley
Sounds like quite the operation. I bet that most of that equipment, except for the truck, was probably all built by hand. So much ingenuity there; we could certainly use some of those skills out here, on our homestead. We (as a society) have just gotten to used to going out and buying what we need - many of us have lost the ability to build things for ourselves.

Slowly, we are starting to get back some of our creative thinking skills, as we try to rely more on our abilities to do these sort of things for ourselves, with the materials we have on hand. It's quite an empowering feeling to be able to do things for ourselves, like supply our own heat for the winter.

Thank you for sharing a bit of family history!
19 months ago.
Joe & Pat Bouley
Joe & Pat Bouley
Yes, you are right in that Grandpa Eckensviller made most things required to run a farm
back in his time.
He had a small blacksmith shop in his garage. Farmers from the area would come to him to weld broken farm machinery or make a part if need be. I can still picture the red hot pcs. of iron as he hammered them into shape, than dipped them in water.
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
David has replied to Joe & Pat Bouley
Blacksmith and welding skills would really come in handy around here. Too bad Grandpa Eckensviller isn't still around to pass down those skills to us today.
19 months ago.
Joe & Pat Bouley
Joe & Pat Bouley
Yes, we could very well be going back to the days when these skills will indeed be needed for survival.
19 months ago.
David has replied to Joe & Pat Bouley
It certainly does look that way sometimes. If anything, growing your own food is certainly becoming more important around here, as we watch prices at the grocery store continue to climb.
19 months ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
A nice hideout for snakes.
11 months ago.