During the tree-thinning process, a lot of trees were cut into pieces, the logs deposited on the side of the road. The work left a lot of timber, and - due to future wood need - I decided to cut one of the logs into manageable pieces which will then be cut into firewood.
Before doing this, I needed to purchase a sledgehammer for this to be made more simple (the 3lb and 4lb single-hand hammers were a little too light-weight). I settled on purchasing a 6lb two-handed sledgehammer from Stadium Hardware, and another log-splitting wedge.
Cutting up that log was a bit of work, especially since it was about 4 ft in length, and splitting it required a lot of work in driving in the wedges, but after one hour, I was able to split the log three times and then transport the lot back to the barn. I'll cut them up further with the chainsaw - into 1ft lengths - later, and then chop those pieces up into smaller wedges of wood.
Use of the Forest
Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):
- No parking in front of the access gate.
- Public use hours are from 6am to 6pm only; no camping on the site!
- No vehicles or bicycles are permitted on the site except those for approved research and teaching use (bike parking available at the main gate).
- Dogs with owners are welcome to visit, but they must be on a leash. (Also see here.)
- Dog owners must carry out all pet waste; please bring your own doggie bag to do so.
- No cutting or collecting of plant material; no hunting or harming vertebrates (this includes no fishing).
- No smoking.