Life lessons learned while splitting logs

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.

Published by Barry Owen

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *