Just because I’m not writing things, doesn’t mean things have stopped around the farm. Things never stop around here, even though I might occasionally want that.
Once Viann turned 2 weeks old, I started separating her from Ann overnight allowing Ann’s milk to accumulate for our consumption. Pretty much why she is here after all. I won’t go into detail about milking a goat. Suffice it to say that the books never seem to address the problems I have with my livestock, except to say the casual reference to “stubborn animals” or “the difficult ones.” Allegedly there are flocks of goats that are just begging someone to come along and milk them out. I have never met one of these goats. Most likely this is because I am not one of those goat whisperers that magically gets the goats to just stand there and that can somehow get them milked out before their food is gone. Once the food is gone, they get stompy.
Timber farming. That has kept my eyes bouncing for a bit now. I’ve set the basic frame to the Seedhouse shed. An almost flat roof. the shed won’t actually connect to the Seedhouse. The roofline’s will overlap slightly. As I don’t have the cash yet for the roofing, I held off on the milled boards that the roofing will attach to.
This bad boy is a mortis and tenon with a 3/4″ shoulder. Afterwards I came back through and pegged with Locust pegs. It’s truly amazing to me that I can do this.
The KEY to the whole thing is keeping the cutting edges keen. I’m not master anything, but I’m getting decent at sharpening my chisels and drawknives. It’s this whole round pole thing that is the tricky part. Working from fully milled timbers, the layout is ever so much easier. As long as the sawmill was fairly accurate, the sides are obvious. Straight is easy. Level is limited by the condition of the floor, the sawhorses and the cutters willingness. With round poles, especially ones that aren’t really straight, it’s a bit more complicated.
Here is one of those great tradeoffs. Milling timbers takes a fairly decent saw. Nothing I own can do it, and I have heated my house with wood for over a decade. There is a bit of infrastructure here. The alternate to owning a mill, is having access to a mill. Which generally entails owning a truck and or trailer and some way to get the logs onto it. The logs tend to be significantly larger to start with in order for the finished product to still be stout enough. Round pole on the other had only really requires a mallet and chisel and some way to get the tree down. I can get a tree down with an axe if needed. I can square a log with a better axe and a different set of muscle memories that I’m not interested in having. So right now, I’m doing round pole.
My next step doesn’t really involve timbers so much. The frames are fairly easy and quick. It’s all the other stuff that is slowing me down.
Hauled 2 more loads of soil back to the barn. It’s coming along. I’m going to begin looking into my Phrag supply. I have a social agreement with a local (ACTUAL) farmer. He laughed when I asked him and said I could have all I wanted. Haven’t seen the patch he’s talking about.
In other words, a new learning curve to scramble on. Yippity-go
early days of the BLD studio roller coaster from 2001