WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Now is the time–from Memorial Day to mid-August or so—to peel hemlock logs. As a hobby, I like to use hemlock bark to tan deerskins into leather. Seeing these “naked” logs was once a common thing in the forest back in the early 19thContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been working on another doe-skin over the last month or so. It’s gone from that fleshy & hairy thing to almost full-grain leather. Everything has been done in the de-hairing and scraping department. Now, all that is left is patience and waiting for theContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? CFA has been receiving quite a few calls/emails recently on sick or dying trees losing their leaves. Don’t fret. Your tree might have been frosted by that one day in late May that reached 27 degrees or lower. Newly emerging leaves are most susceptibleContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Sounds resembling raindrops can be heard on a perfectly sunny day in parts of the Catskills. Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) has reappeared in central and southern Ulster County. It attacks mainly oak trees in significant numbers about every 10 years. Healthy trees can normallyContinue Reading