Lumber lives in a tree

Have you ever wondered how much lumber one log has in it? Lumber of course starts out inside of a tree, and it is the job of a Sawyer to figure out how to mill each log to get the best and most lumber out of it. Below is a 17 foot white fir that died from beetlekill in the Colorado San Juan Mountains and a picture of the lumber that came out of it.(1) 2x12x10′, (1)2x10x8′, (1)1x8x10′, (1)1X12x10′, (2)2x6x8′, (7)2x6x17′, (1)2x4x17′, (2)1x6x10, plus a stack of lumber from all the left over scraps. 

There are many different ways to mill this log, this time I milled this combination of lumber for a local custom order.

Homegrown Baby Chicks

Introducing our 14 new baby chicks that just hatched last week!

We discovered the two hens sitting on 32 eggs in our laying boxes. So we moved them with 10 eggs each to a better place where they could brood without disturbing the rhythm of the rest of our hens. We set them up with food and water in their own large separate cages, inside a well insulated and protected shed.  After 21 days of patiently sitting on their eggs, both of our broody hens had 7 baby chicks each.

Baby Chicks 2We were privileged with the experience of watching one of the chicks hatch out of its shell. It stumbled along but the mother hen just left it alone as it found its way into the world. The kids were in awe as they witnessed this tiny miracle

If you have ever bought pullets in the spring and raised your own chicks using a brooder, then you know how much work it it just to keep the chicks warm, safe and fed. When you let a broody hen sit on her eggs, once they hatch she does most of the work. We make sure the chicks have a high protein crumble food and access to water at all times. But the mama keeps them warm and protected, even from us sometimes.

Most people who raise chickens get rid of broody hens or kick them off their eggs. We get excited when we dicover a broody hen, then help them get set up, and stand back and watch nature run its course. Of course, don’t forget you need a rooster and fertile eggs to actually get chicks in the end. 😉


Learning to Mill

Noah decided to teach our very enthusiastic seven year old son how to opperate the sawmill. They started with a scotch pine log salvaged from the town of Taos, New Mexico.

Milling Young

They put on ear protection and started making lumber. Then they sticker stacked the lumber to let it dry and cure, ready for the next project. I believe our little apprentice is hooked.



Ready for Rain?

Living on water catchment has made us more aware of how to be good stewards of the water we are given with each storm. Considering how little moisture we get, we have learned how important it is to be set up to collect as much as we can from every roof. When we heard about a possible storm bringing rain to Northern New Mexico, we installed another 1650 gallon water cistern to collect water off the roof over our shop and sawmill. The storm should be here tonight and we got the gutters up just in time!