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- May 31, 2009 at 9:18 pm #40609Gabe AyersKeymaster
This is another and better version of the you tube media about an event we were a part of in March of this year. We hope to have a longer DVD version of this event in the future.
Hope you enjoy it, and as always, let us know what you think. Thanks DAP people….
Warm Salute,June 1, 2009 at 12:46 am #52795OldKatParticipant
Interesting stuff and very well done. Jason, enjoyed your comments on the video.
Looks like a neat town that Floyd, Va. Have to check it out sometime.July 29, 2009 at 1:10 am #52797lancekParticipant
hey Jason, great video glade to see your useing those Sterling grades I will never forget when I graduated from there everyone laughed at me because I wanted to use horses to log said that we would never see them in the forest agian, Guse we fooled them! My son is 18 and wanted to know if we would see Jager cut that fast down in tn when we see you this fall he must make alot of money if he works by the foot lol.I wish we could get some of the local folks around here to cooperate the way they do there in floyed.I personaly would like to see more shows like this on tv maybe we should do a show like American loggers or axe men [ less all the cussing and nonsence of corse a real show showing the real thing] TimJuly 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm #52793Gabe AyersKeymaster
Tell your son that all cutting in Tn. will be in real time along with descriptions of what is happening, in person, in the woods. This site has a logging road the runs through the middle of the ridge and we will try to keep our visitors on it during the logging demonstration, but it will be close enough for folks to see.
I think this whole approach of adding value to the forest products and being experienced in making the raw material more valuable, through understanding those processes and actually doing them, will become a part of the work that anyone that is using animal power to log in a restorative way will have to do. We cannot compete with machines and don’t even try.
The point should be that machines cannot compete with us for sensitivity to the environment or provide restorative forestry services.
For the past week or so we have been working in the lumber yard, grading, stacking and stickering high quality lumber for the eventual use of our landowner or sale to other consumers in the future. This is where one should high grade…in the lumber pile, dry and add value to the 1 common and above and use the other green for fencing, barns, sheds and other uses that don’t require it to be dry enough to stay the same shape inside a temperature controlled atmosphere like a modern home.
This simple handling alone will add tremendous value to the products and move it toward being a stable commodity of dry lumber instead of raw logs. When we sell raw logs, we get a raw deal most of the time.
There is another post here about the finished products made from the material harvested in this video. I am not sure of the title of that post.
There also is an earlier post about the choice of Discovery to use the folks they did to produce a counter piece of media to the ax man stuff when they did a show called “extreme logging”. We try to avail our images and approach to mainstream media, but they want sensationalism not inspiring information about being gentle and restorative to the environment….there
doesn’t seem to be anyone interested in that story in the mainstream..
But we will keep doing what we know to be the right thing and maybe one day someone will get the exposure this culture earns…
The Rural Hertiage show on RFD-TV is the closest thing we have had to open minded media and it is only a thirty minute show that airs are ridiculous times.
The entire series we have done for them will be available on DVD eventually and we hope to edit a longer documentary and take some more film soon.
We have had other Sterling students over the years and some Paul Smith students too.
Thanks for watching…glad you enjoyed it, hopefully more to come…July 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm #52794Joshua KingsleyParticipant
Thank you for sharing that wonderful segment. It is always nice to see young people passionate about working draft horses.
wishing you all the best, may your logs be clean and the skid trails clear,
JoshJuly 30, 2009 at 2:48 am #52796lancekParticipant
I have allso been working with a new approch of uittilizing lower grade material by removing most of the defects in a log in the woods and marketing the material in the form of parts insted of long boards ! In this way we can use pallet grade material and make into a high grade product. We have also been useing the saw dust and makeing it into pellets for kiln drying our lumber! And I want to do some more work with trying to use wood alcahall for use in gas engians considering that this was the frist fuel used in the combustion engian theres no reason that we cant use it agian
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