WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? We do quite a bit of apple tree from pruning (everyday) from early January into April. The bulk of this pruning occurs on older trees which is done with a simple, Silky handsaw. I now use their smallest blade which measures 8.3 inches. AContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? My prediction that this winter would be cold and snowy has been drastically wrong. Although this January and February were more like March, perhaps March & April will be more like a typical January. Who knows. This photo was from maple sugaring season inContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I mentioned before that January 2nd was the earliest I’ve ever tapped trees. It would then make sense that February 10th is the earliest I’ve ever “pulled” or taken down my buckets. Once you tap that tree–and if the weather remains good for sap-flow–thenContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Working outside–or in this case–pruning & climbing apple trees demands careful attention to staying warm. Good gloves and the right number of layers must be balanced with the ability to remain free-to-move. I find that working in winter while temperatures are in the mid-20sContinue Reading