Wednesday dawned with a frost, a fine day, and off we trudged, oops ,I meant walked briskly to the trees and logs. Ann arrived on her bike and soon the splitter was in action. It is a “ Yard Machine” 20 ton splitter, with the wedge driven by a hydraulic ram, petrol driven, pull cord start. It can handle rounds in the vertical position easily, when they are too heavy to lift up. There is a horseshoe shaped mould on the bottom plate and this holds the rounds as the wedge cuts into them. Safety always comes first, so muffs, gloves, and no fingers anywhere near the wedge or behind the rounds!!!
Hugh is putting the wedge to a vertical position.
Locking it into place.
One round on its way to becoming firewood.
A smaller round, easily lifted to the horizontal plate.
I loaded the video to Vimeo, but needed to change the format so after another try, here it is. No voice commentary, the machine was too loud!!! I had to double click to start the video.Somehow on this my name is Anna, which is my first christian name, Anna, after my Dad’s mum and Jean, after my Mum’s mum, but as a child was always called Nan or Nancy, hence my blog name of Nancy J.
Actors and actresses have given permission for their screen debut to be published, and I’m sure an Oscar, an Emmy, or maybe an new NZ only award, “AOWS” .. Art of Wood Splitting, they deserve it so much!!!
Another frost this morning, a fine day will follow.
Quotation of the day, author unknown
The mighty trees give shelter and shade on a hot day, and warmth in winter
Greetings from Jean