Working the Wood

We have a fireplace at The Glade which we often use in  winter. Charlie enjoys a raging fire.

The brown stains on the fireplace attest to its use.

When  two large oaks fell last year Charlie was determined to keep the wood for two reasons: 1.) so we’d have plenty of firewood and 2.) to sell for a small profit.

What happened to the wood?

A year ago in April our wood shed contents had dwindled.

In the spring of 2011 this was all the free wood we could find in our yard at The Glade.

In August when hurricane Irene knocked our trees down

This area had been all cleaned up in July of 2011 then in August a hurricane changed all that.

our pile of cut-but-not-split logs grew .  .  .

This is only the beginning of the oak firewood we’ll have for years to come.

and grew.

This wood needs to be split!

It took months for all this wood to be moved and split.

That’s a lot of woodsplitting.

Finally the job was completed with the help of a gas-powered woodsplitter.

Only the large tree truck and woodsplitter remain.

With diligent work Charlie has not only replenished our personal supply of oak firewood but has split plenty to sell.

The wood shed is bulging with spit oak firewood.

Come winter we’ll both be very cozy in front of our abundantly warm fireplace.

Wood inside the shed is 2 layers deep and 3 more stacks outside.

An added benefit is the area in front of this large log is clear again just in case anyone wants to come and haul it away.

We’re hoping a wood dealer will take away this whole tree trunk.

Now Charlie is heading to the back yard to start splitting this pile of logs.

When finished only the table will remain.

Have you made any lemonade from lemons tossed your way by the storms of life?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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