Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chimney Cleaning Time!

Just some (well a lot) of creosote condensed when it hits cold air at the cap -- the chimney itself was basically clean as a whistle.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Typesetting the Old Way...

By the time I worked at the Telegram & Gazette, the printing plates were made by photolithography -- though from 2000 to 2005 we transitioned from mostly cutting and pasting laser printed articles to form a page to be faxed to the printing plant (by very large and sophisticated fax machines) to more and more being pages laid out on the computer and sent directly.

Linotype -- I knew where the machines *had* been at the T&G:

And from before they had Linotype; in the 20th century this would've been used for small print orders like business cards and blank invoices:

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Walking Weekend: Grey Ledge Farm

Second walk of the day was Grey Ledge Farm in Plainfield. The Grey family has owned it since 1947. Originally cleared by a Gallup in 1750.

Deer damage -- first by eating, then by antler rubs! The closer trees are spruce which the deer like, but in the background are firs that they love.

The original homestead was built well off the public road, on top of the hill. It succumbed to damage from Hurricane Gloria.

Walking Weekend: Hull Forestry

First walk of the day was Hull Forestry in Pomfret at 9am. They put on a nice show, with foresters and other employees leading groups of about ten at a time. Mill doesn't normally run on Saturday...wonder if they were paying time-and-a-half or had given the guys off Columbus Day in trade. Hull employs about 75 at the mill, with another 60 contractors year round working the woods and trucking. They also have another mill in Quebec just across the Vermont line.
If I remember the figures about right, the log deck holds 60,000 board-feet and they process 20,000 board feet per day.
Queued for debarking.

The logs are barcoded when graded in the yard, and the 'puters in the mill route the higher grades to the band saw and the lower grades to the circular saw. The bar code labels are plastic, with plastic staples, and get chewed up by the saws as they work through the mill:
Saw sharpening room...kind of puts my files to shame!

This guy's job is to make sure the boards are lined up "curved" side up -- the lasers scan the boards to determine the optimum cutting pattern to maximize production and adjust the saws appropriately. This section of the mill is set up to keep lumber continuously circulating -- after passing through a saw if further cuts are needed it is sent back around automatically, rather than finishing cutting a board at one time which would be considerably slower as you pulled the board back and set up another cut.

In the background is the grinder for the clean wood scraps coming out of the mill.

This stuff is primarily sold to institutions in Vermont and Northern Massachusetts for heating.

Their own facility the heat (particularly the kilns) with sawdust:

Walnut waiting to be processed before being shipped to a customer in California:

Makin' floorin':

The double-banded bundles are destined for shipment overseas. They put a layer of polystyrene balls down on the bottom of shipping containers which allows them to easily push the bundles into the containers.

Kilns that hold 240,000 board feet -- so I'm calculating lumber stays in about 20 days on average.

Lumber being inspected and re-graded after coming out of the kiln:

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Few random photos...

Missed this photo before on the clearing the hedges for the septic view of the driveway:

If you drive up on the curb, you deserve the mocking:

At Aunt Gert's funeral reception...Aunt Eleanore and Uncle Ed somehow managed to have matching outfits!

Got the new mailbox up, replacing the one damaged back during the fair:

Getting closer to having enough firewood for the winter...

First day this fall I've been doing firewood and needed something as heavy as the Carhart hoodie on this cold, raw day. Spent about ninety minutes splitting small "cookwood" --

and then stacked it in the house:

I think I need one more load this size of cookwood to make it through the season...and then I know anything else I split will be for e 2016/2017 :D

Also lit the fire for this first time this season.