Beautyway Horselogging

"It's a Beautyway"





 Bess and Tess...Jack and Julie...Bea and Belle...Marco
and Frisky The Magic Pony

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much do your horses whey?

A: They don't eat dairy products, they are strictly vegan. No,
seriously, Bess and Tess, the old Belgian mares always
weighed 1800 and 1700 lb. respectively, but are probably 100
lbs. thinner now in their old age. Jack and Julie I would guess are
in the 1600 lb. range, since they are full brother and sister 1/4
Quarter Horse, 3/4 Belgian. Bea and Belle, both Tess' mare
colts are half-sisters a year and a half apart, just green-broke at
this point, and they probably each weigh 1700 pounds. Then
there's Frisky-boy who stays at our house. He probably weighs
about 600 pounds. None of the draft horses are gigantic by draft
horse standards, but I think they make good skidding horses,
since it doesn't take a lot of room to turn them around.

Q: Why do you prefer to do your woodswork in the winter?

A: Skidding logs when there's snow on the ground eliminates the
problem of soil erosion caused by logging operations. Heavy
timber slides aross the ground with much less resistance than in
the dirt. Saw Logs stay clean for sawing, without ground-in dirt,
sand and gravel which kills saw blades. When the weather is
cooler, men and horses have more stamina for the
weightlifting-type exercise that is logging.

Q: So what's the deal with the sawmill?

Answer: I currently own a Woodmizer LT30 portable bandsaw mill,
which easily hooks onto the back of the pickup and goes down
the road. If you are landing logs for me to saw, I'd want you to
pile them lined up the same direction as the driveway, trail,
clearing or parking area where you wanted me to make boards
and sawdust. They should be stacked on skids (smaller logs,
well limbed, I usually use crooked tops or small diameter logs I
don't plan on sawing) and different lengths should be somewhat
centered on the pile. That pile should be on the right side of the
driveway, and successive log piles can be stacked next to those,
and on down the road...

Q: More questions?

A: Marco will answer soon...