Logging with Oxen
October 26 @ 8:00 am - October 27 @ 4:00 pm$300.00
Times: 8 am to 4 pm each day
Materials: Included in workshop fee
Meals: Lunch featuring our farm grown food is included
Instructors: Ray Ramsey and Tyler Allen, with staff instructors
Workshop Size: This workshop can accommodate up to 6 students and needs a minimum of 3 to be held.
This workshop will begin with a demonstration of safe chain saw operation in the felling and limbing of trees, presented by professional logger and certified forester Jake Bronnenberg. Chopping for horses and oxen will be demonstrated and participants will walk with instructor John Schlang through the woodlot as he identifies and lays out skid roads and trails. John will discuss the importance of directional felling so that logs and firewood can be moved to the main trail safely and with minimal impact. Good “swamping” (clearing debris from a skid trail) and other hazards will be discussed.
The function of the logging forecart, the New England style logging scoot, and go-devil will be explained before heading out to the woods with the animals. Proper use of a peavey for rolling logs, and the correct way to hook logs with choker chains – both to a cart and by twitching (ground skidding) – will be covered.
Participants will yoke and work with the farm’s well-trained oxen and instructors will demonstrate each piece of equipment focusing on driver and animal safety and efficiency. Much of the training will be based upon the day-to-day work at Sanborn Mills Farm where during a normal work day in the woodlot, oxen singles and teams haul wood from deep in the woods along trails to the main road. Wood is then forwarded to a “hot yard” (wood concentration yard). Firewood is pulled onto a log laying crosswise which canter levers one end that can be attached to a forecart for the long haul out of the woods. Saw logs are decked onto an elevated brough, which is designed so that logs can be rolled onto a scoot for the long haul out to the mill, often with draft horses, sometimes with oxen. After the initial presentation by the instructors, the participants will be doing the “teaming” themselves, accompanied by an instructor.
The workshop will move along at a pace that is agreeable with the participants. Instructors will take time to work safely and explain each function in detail.
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