If you have been following this blog, or reading Becky’s blog, you know we have had a busy summer with the remodel of the McCarley Woods House, among other projects.
Also, if you have been following Becky’s blog, you know that the McCarley Woods House remodel included building a shed to house the tools, fuels, chemicals, etc. that are needed at a place like this.
If you have seen previous posts, you know that I am a craftsman in addition to being a college professor. It is rare these days that I get to use a tool that I have never used before, but in the building of the shed, I used a pneumatic framing nail gun that I borrowed from our Physical Plant.
This is a good tool – it made short work of a lot of the building of the shed – and I rarely had to swing a hammer! As Will Smith said in Independence Day, “I have got to get me one of these!”
The past year has been a busy one for me with the move into the IDEA Center and the solving of many problems that come with the occupation of a new building of the size and complexity of the IDEA Center.
Because of the move and the first year in the IDEA Center, I have had a hiatus of many months since I have done substantive work at the McCarley Woods. I should say here that the McCarley Woods Nature Preserve is 12.6 acres, and includes about 5 acres of prairie and about 7.6 acres of upland hardwood forest, with a stream course running across the property. There is need for a variety of kinds of tools and equipment to keep the place up. Upkeep includes mowing paths around the prairie and down into the bottomland, clearing brush, and cutting up downed trees, among other tasks. I have finally gotten all of the power tools at the McCarley Woods working again, and am working on catching up on things that I had neglected.
I got the riding mower going again after several months of sitting in the shed, and I mowed the area around the house with it.
I got the tractor running and the mower deck attached (which took some doing). Howard McCarley was a wise man, and not just because he bought a diesel 4 wheel drive tractor for use at the Woods.
The chain saws are next. There is an 18-inch Echo saw that is the most useful
But the 24-inch Echo is necessary for large tree trunks. This is a manly saw!
There is a large Chinkapin Oak that fell in the stream bottom that is going to be our winter firewood. I just have to go down there with the saws, the tractor, and the small trailer to get it.