Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Logs to Lumber: Old School, Part 3

As part of the Agriculture Power class, we have been spending time in the woodlot focusing on the mixed power model for log extraction. Today, students used our small farm tractor with a skid winch to pull logs from a difficult hillside to a small landing where the horses could easily hitch and forward to the sawmill. Here, a student drives Pete and Rex who are hitched to a logging arch. The skid is all uphill, difficult, and very rough. Over the past few weeks, students are gaining an appreciation for what is required to manage a woodlot and operate a sawmill to fulfill the lumber needs of the farm.

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