Splitting and sticking enough wood to bring a kiln up to 2300 degrees definitely takes a community effort. I came on Sunday so quite a bit of the work was already done but we still had a few trees to cut, lots of stumps to move to the splitter and lots of stumps to split. This is followed by lots of wood to stack so we got busy right away.
|Logs To Split|
I have to say how grateful I am that someone invented the log splitter. It's a wonderful tool and made a hard job much easier. It helps save time not only by being the muscle but also by making it easier to split wood that is wet. I learned that when I tree dies because of an insect infestation it will often retain a lot of water and sap because it dies so fast and the moisture can't escape through the leaves like it would if it died slowly. Did you know a large tree can hold several hundred gallons of water?
Much of the wood we had was from trees that had died from bugs so the wood was very wet. It will dry out much faster now that it's split but it would have been really tough to split it by hand with so much moisture in it. I can't imagin what it was like for potters in the north with long cold winters and wood kilns. Of course if you heat with wood you warm yourself twice, once cutting, once burning.
I hope the timing works out so that I can get some pots into this kiln, it'll be fun to handle those pieces of wood again.
|Guitar Pickin' Potters|
At the end of the day we relaxed with a little music from a couple of pickin' potters. It was perfect.
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