Monday, April 7, 2008


I am less than chipper after a day of chipping. We rented the same chipper we used seven years ago, and this time it's power did not impress. I though it would suck down the little fir trees without much effort. The teeth that grab the end couldn't get a good enough hold to overcome the branches. I had to trim a couple feet of branches up from the butt end to get the trees to feed through whole. This added work took about 2 hours. We had wanted to share the rental with our neighbors, but I ended up using all but one of the allotted hours. Even if I had finished in time, moving the chipper would have been all but impossible in the soft spring conditions. By the end of the day I was dragging, but it's done.

The delay in construction has given us the opportunity to do more redesigning. This time it was the placement of the bread oven. By giving it more of its own space, one change followed another, and in the end the house was considerably different. The screened in area is now on the south west side, and the shed roof no longer wraps around. This change will give the kitchen side of the house a lot more light and solar gain. I will be making a trip to Block Island and spending a few days with Richard in a few weeks. I'll get to swing a hammer and talk over the plans.

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