Firewood–“A Way of Life”

March 27, 2017


My part-time job is in “Firewood Procurement, Usage, & Maintenance”. Of course I’m kidding, but every person who burns wood knows that it’s a way of life & not just a fuel source. Right now I’m working on wood I’ll be burning 2 or 3 years from now. Splitting wood can be enjoyable as long as your body is in the game. Splitting reveals the peculiar differences literally hidden inside. The smell of catalpa is like tobacco. Maple or ash can be cranky if not completely straight, while oak always seems to split better than all. And forget about elm, never again.


May the forest be with you,

Ryan Trapani

Executive Director

Catskill Forest Association