Recent Discussions

  • Tricks of the Trade: The Perfect Splitting Block

    March 18th 2017
    The tire trick is wonderful, especially if you do some final splitting indoors. My woodstove is in the basement. I keep a low stump and tire in my basement next to my stack of split… Read More »

  • Crow Communication is Cawfully Complicated

    March 18th 2017
    I feed crows at the college I go to. Today I came out of my class and this crow kept swooping really close to my head. I wasn’t sure if he was bullying me or… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 2

    March 17th 2017
    Dave, thanks for your wonderful writing. I no longer can actively sugar, but I so enjoy hearing how the process is changing and improving. From horses and buckets to 3/16 Plastic. Wow! Read More »

  • Bad Vibes From Ribes

    March 17th 2017
    This article and picture pretty much confirms what happened to a young white pine (8-10 year old) that suddenly turned brown this fall. We last had currants on our farm some 60 years ago and… Read More »

  • Transformations: Which Caterpillar Becomes Which Butterfly?

    March 13th 2017
    My hubby has milkweed plant growing in his garden and I have noticed that there are monarch caterpillars all over them. I am so excited to watch the whole process!!!! Thank you for this site. Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    March 13th 2017
    Thank you for this informative article. My children and I are having a nice time observing the mourning doves that have begun visiting our home…now we have a clearer picture of their world. Cheers! Read More »

  • Winter Bird Rehab

    March 13th 2017
    A couple years ago my wife and a niece and nephew rescued a young crow at the Franklin Falls Dam in Franklin,NH. He was caught in a fishing line, hanging by one wing about 10’… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 12th 2017
    In our backyard operation we tapped three weeks ago. The syrup got progressively darker throughout the week. Last week the bacterial colonies were visible in our buckets and the sap got cloudier.  Because we collect… Read More »

  • When Tapping, Don’t Disregard Red Maple

    March 10th 2017
    I’ve never tapped any trees before, but thought I’d try it with my 9th graders. We knew from the fall colors that there were maples on the property and we looked for alternating branches and… Read More »

  • The Wood in Windsor Chairs

    March 10th 2017
    I didn’t know that a good seat starts with a wide plank. There is a lot of shaping and work that goes into wooden furniture. I love the look of pine furniture. It’s so versatile… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 10th 2017
    We come back from FL the first of March. My friends have already made a third of a crop. My first boil was 3/8. Sugar content seemed a little low. Everything else is fine, good… Read More »

  • Make Your Own Axe Handle

    March 9th 2017
    Hi Tom, I have made one handle of cherry and it was beautiful, but broke shortly thereafter.  I have never made one of black walnut, but just finished two spoons of walnut, a branch of… Read More »

  • Make Your Own Axe Handle

    March 8th 2017
    What are your thoughts on using Black Walnut for the handle? Or possibly Wild Cherry? Read More »

  • Foxes Active in Late Winter

    March 6th 2017
    We have a red fox who uses my husband’s cross country ski tracks frequently. We saw it late in the day last week running at a fast pace. It travels through the old pastures behind… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 5th 2017
    Every year gets weirder, but this is the weirdest one yet. I tapped in January - a week later than neighbors. (I’m just not thinking sugaring that early.) It’s been up, down, and sideways ever… Read More »

  • The Winter Life of the Skunk

    March 5th 2017
    Is it possible for skunks to spray under your home (I’m guessing they may be denning there for the winter) when it’s 3°f? I know their metabolism slows but there’s nothing about spraying during the… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 3rd 2017
    Feels like we missed the entire first half of the season and while preparing to boil now, we wonder if we should have been ready to tap in January (we were not). As mere backyard… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 3rd 2017
    Delighted to see your ‘column and remarks’ continued.  Your stories are always my favorite and I look forward to sharing your signs of spring with my family members. Read More »

  • Maple Syrup Color and Flavor

    March 3rd 2017
    We’re dealing with the same issues, Val. I don’t trust anyone who’s completely sure of anything—especially Ag related—so my suggestion is to wash all your equipment well during this cold snap, empty your pans of… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 3rd 2017
    Our season is far early and inconsistent. I am always happier with temperatures too cold rather than too warm. Wearing long underwear to insulate against the evaporator’s heat makes for an uncomfortable sweat in a… Read More »