Category: Homesteading


By , October 18, 2017

I didn’t mean for it to become “A Thing.” We need firewood for the winter, and we’ve had a large standing dead tree above the cabin for some time. I wanted to cut it down, and didn’t want to wait for help.

So, I felled a 30″ diameter spruce tree with my 30″ bow saw.

Since the tree’s diameter exceeded my saw’s size, common sense dictated that I cut down the tree with one of our two-person saws. I quickly realized that, while I can use these saws alone to buck up felled trees, it really does take two people to make a horizontal cut in a standing tree. That meant waiting for Michelle or Aly to have a day off, and, ideally, decent weather for the project. Short of either of those two, I got started with my usual wood cutting tool, taking on a tree whose diameter matches my blade length. 30/30″.

Actually, it’s a bit worse than 30/30. The 30″ blade offers only 29″ of teeth. The extra inch allows for mounting.

Felled Tree

A man, his saw, and his firewood (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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Homestead High Gear

By , October 15, 2017

Homestead life has kicked into high gear. On top of our usual increased autumn activity (See Upterrlainarluta: “Always Getting Ready”) I’m rehearsing and making props for The Lion in Winter, Aly’s in town, house sitting for friends, and Michelle’s packing for a trip south to visit family. Also, a few topics I’ve opened on the blog have updates.

Sunrise near Haines, Alaska

On October 4th, in the 6 a.m. hour, we had a spectacular sunrise! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Since my posting schedule (such as it is) has clashed with my rehearsal schedule, I’m finding it awkward to post at the end of the week. So, here’s a quick update on some of what’s been going on, and some pretty pictures, just to make it more interesting!

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