Tim Osborn

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John F Dean wrote:Food for thought .... cutting trees is part of homesteading.    From your question, it appears that you dont have a great deal of chainsaw experience. No doubt, you will gain it. I certainly did.  I also had a good family friend who had a tree "walk" and come down on his neck.  He spend several years in a wheel chair on a breathing machine.  He finally died.  My point is that I treat tree cutting seriously.  I hire out a job that I think is beyond my skills.  



John,

Thanks for the warning. In my almost 57 years, I've heard enough chainsaw stories to instill a strong sense of respect for them in me. No matter how many Youtube videos I've watched, I'm not going to be felling anything more than a sapling.

With that said I'll expand on my previous answer to your question. I'm looking into chainsaw mills, because the land we bought used to have an amish run sawmill on it. They of course took all their equipment with them, but they left a pile of logs behind that had been deemed unfit for producing lumber that they could resell. They are too big to move without special equipment so I was looking at the possibility of milling them where they are with a chainsaw mill, so they could be moved one board at a time. The lumber produced would be sub-standard, but I figured it could be suitable for animal shelters, garden fences, etc.
1 week ago

John F Dean wrote:What do you want to accomplish with the mill?



Rough cut lumber and beams for buildings.
1 week ago
Hi All,

We recently moved from the city to a small homestead in nowhereville, KY. I'm considering buying a chainsaw mill. Looking at the Granberg Alaskan. Anybody have experience with one? Also, I'll have to buy a new chainsaw to power it as the only chainsaw I have is a small electric one for trimming branches when we lived in town. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions as to what to look for in a chainsaw to use with a chainsaw mill?

Thanks for allowing me to learn from your experience!
1 week ago
My wife likes flowers. I like to eat. I know there are several varieties of flowers that are edible. Please, tell me what your favorites are, what growing conditions they like best, and any known sources for them.

I live in central KY.

Thanks for your input.
Hi Crystal. My children and I have enjoyed your talk on vermiculture several different times at the Mother Earth News Fair. Welcome to the Permies forums.
Fascinating idea. I'm curious as to what it looks like now, 10 years later. How are their plans to have it become a totally living structure progressing? Anybody have any information about that?

Thanks,
Tim
1 month ago
I'm curious as to how much land this is? Also, is electricity available or do you use solar? Is there any kind of internet access?

Thanks,
Tim
My wife and I just moved our family off grid. By my calculations we're producing about 100 cubic feet of matter for our humanure pile a year.
There are multiple small sawmills in the area so sawdust supply is no problem. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if there is any benefit of using sawdust that has been sitting for several years and started to decompose over freshly produced sawdust? Cedar sure helps with the odor, but will it compost as well? Hardwood vs softwood?
7 months ago