5 years ago, I bought a slice of Heaven which I affectionately call #OwenHollow.
Owen Hollow is an uncommon 21 acre piece of land which I own to the ridges at the end of a 1/2 mile long gravel driveway. It’s beauty is stunning – even ineffable in every way.
My Holler happens to be nestled into, what I believe to be @ 10,000 acres of raw forest – Just a rather large gathering of Hollows with a very complex series of ridges and draws and valleys and streams . . . I know so because I’ve managed to find myself lost in those woods many times. Luckily, my prior military experience has helped me extricate myself eventually.
My house is a simple farm house with a classic red goat barn – nothing fancy here and teaming with many flowering trees and plants planted by the prior owners.
Owning a property like this comes with much responsibility. Sadly, the prior owner lost her husband 8 years before I bought it, and it had been neglected for many years. For the first 4 years, I had MUCH to do including removing 15 truck-loads of debris found throughout the entire property, in the barn, and the house crawl space. Additionally, the 3 fields had been overtaken by several hundred saplings @ 20′ tall. This was great therapy for me . I considered it a privilege to be able to give it the love it deserves. Along the way of this “Restoration”, I learned the importance of having the right tools. I began removing the saplings with a cordless, electric sawzall and bought a good push mower. That worked well until I discovered it would be @ 6 acres of steep mowing, so I bought a commercial grade John Deere Tractor/Mower and weed-eater
Falling trees and limbs required a chain saw which had a learning curve of its own in terms of operating and maintaining. I got a LOT of practice with that Chainsaw, and having installed a wood burning stove in the house created, the mandate to cut 18″ long logs. The thing I learned most about the chainsaw was that the work is much easier when the teeth are sharp.
All the while, I was splitting the logs with an axe and a maul. WOW! That was back-breaking work. For the 1st 4 years, I split all of my logs by hand . . . A few months ago, I saw an ad for an electric log splitter at Harbor Freight . . . and while there, I also grabbed a Generator.
This weekend, I decided to make a go at splitting logs with that splitter. I was skeptical because it was relatively inexpensive . . . and amazingly SIMPLE. No complexity whatsoever. Well – yesterday, I split more wood in 3 hours than I had split by hand during the prior 4 years . . . and NO backache!
So . . . What did learn?
Having the right tools is important
Maintaining these tools is essential for ease and efficiency of operation
Are you using the most current tools/technology?
Isn’t it true that we often stay with the old tool because that takes us out of our comfort zone, and we don’t like change.
But . . . even when it offers leverage that creates easier and more efficient work flow and production?
Try not to let sentimental nostalgia keep you in the dark ages.