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    Sad Day: Someone else cutting my woodlot

    I have been so busy lately, between working overtime at the steel mill cranking out snowplows, dealing with my pending divorce, finding time for my daughters visitation, sheep farming and running to New Hampshire every other weekend...something had to give.

    Every time I turn around there are more attorney fees (apparently me 4 year old daughter needs one now), so I could use the extra money anyway. But the biggest reason I need to cut wood is that I get paid to graze certain areas of land, and the USDA fenced these acres in under the condition the wood would be logged off.

    So Friday I took off some much needed vacation time for this week and hoped to cut wood on Sunday and today. By the time I got everything ready over half the day had gone by. Dejected I walked to my neighbors woodlot and talked to the loggers cutting that woodlot. With feller-bunchers and skidders they are going to come in at the end of the week and start logging for me.

    This is the first time I have ever let anyone cut wood on me before. Its doubly sad because this is big wood, wood I have been saving for 20 years, but sheep pays more money than woodlots do, at least per acre, so the wood has to come off.

    So it is a sad day, but more productive in the end I guess and the sheep will be happier. That is ll that counts I guess, happy sheep! :-)

    (Here is a picture of the wood that will be cut. About 5 acres, but every tree will be taken "squaring up" the field.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Long Hill Township, NJ
    Thanks for stopping back into Off Topic Land Travis !

    I'm sorry to hear about all of your personal family issues. I hope things work out for you eventually.

    I miss your sheep/snowmobiling/lumbering/farming stories. I sit behind a desk all day so I live vicariously through you and others . . .



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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN
    Great to have you back Travis. I was just thinking a few days ago about how much I missed your stories and wondering what you were up to. I too am sorry for all the personal stuff that's going on now. Hopefully in the end it'll all work out for the best.

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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Here's hoping you can get through this and that things will get better soon.

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    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    I hope things start getting better for you soon. I, too, have missed your contributions here.


    "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
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    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Welcome back Travis. I hope your hard times pass. Good to see you posting here again.

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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Hey Travis welcome back to the family. Sorry to hear of the troubles you facing. Boy those sheep are spoilt.

    How many you got now. Last count was still a small bunch as i recall.?

    I have certainly missed you and your farming input. Dang i was learning a great deal. Since your lessons i drive around our country side here and at least have some idea of what i am seeing.

    Hope you get time to stop by more often. Hows the dairy doing. You made any more tools since last you posted.

    Never heard but did you loose any sheep to coyotes last winter?

    Give us an update of the farm life. Is the wood all going to end up as firewood or you going to have some resawed and sticker it?

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Welcome back Travis!

    Sorry to hear about the personal issues and having to give up something that you hold of value.

    Anyway, keep your chin up...

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    Jun 2010
    Vancouver Island, Courtenay/Comox Valley, British Columbia
    Really sorry to hear about your grief. Hope things look up soon.....
    AKA Young Grasshopper Woodworker
    AKA The Rookie

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    Its not as bad as I made it sound I guess, the divorce was wanted mutually so its not that bad. Its gotten pretty nasty since then, but it drove me to a really good place I must admit, that being a big white building people go to on Sundays, and being FWW, that is about all I can say about that. For those that go there as well, smile because I'm doing just fine now.

    As for the wood, it is mostly softwood so this is almost exclusively lumber. Spruce framing lumber to be exact. The trees are really nice the problem is after years of selective logging, nothing has regenerated. Its all big wood and nothing little coming up to take its place. That is why the Forester recommended this be used for sheep expansion. There is some pine in here, about 6000 bf, and really nice, between 3-4 feet on the stump. Its good wood for sure. There is some hardwood scattered throughout, but that will go to make paper.

    As for the sheep, I run between 30-50 breeding stock ewes. Not a lot, but I am waiting to hear back on a grant on November 5th. If I get that, it will enable me to increase my numbers where I can farm full-time. That is what the grant is for, to take small farms with potential in my area, based on soil quality, overhead, potential profit and give them start up capital to increase in size. Because my idea is to start a sheep coop and go county wide to provide lamb for the Boston and New York markets, and to also spurn the cottage woolen industry here, there is a pretty good chance I will get the grant. (4 grants for 7 applicants)

    The sad part is, I actually like my full-time job welding snowplows. We are at the height of the season so we are working 50 hours a week now to try to build enough plows for everyone, so my days start at 2:30 AM and end with the sheep at 7PM. So there is not much watching TV at this house...not that I could anyway as she cleaned me out and took the TV. Didn't need it anyway Hun! :-) So all is well, except I need a toaster...
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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