We heat with wood. That makes wood gathering into it's own hobby. I spend a fair number of days through the spring and summer cutting, splitting, and stacking, so that in the winter we can run the stove.
I have friends with wooded property and they are generous with what I can cut. I watch for downed trees after storms. This year it seemed like I was a bit behind, needing another 7 or 8 pickup truckloads to feel like I was ready.
Last week I got a phone call from a friend from the dojo. He was out for a morning walk and walked past a tree crew getting ready to cut down a large oak tree. The head of the crew asked him, "Do you know anyone that would want this wood?" He called me.
The crew was from out of town and only had two dump trucks, one covered truck for the chipper to fill and one for the larger limbs. They were willing to give the wood away to avoid making multiple trips back to their yard.
They filled my pickup. When I returned, they filled it again. Then they used their small skidder to fill their dump truck and followed me home. Twice.
She came out to look at the second load being dumped and said, "Stop asking the universe for wood for a while."
We have been heating with wood for about 25 years. I am reaching the age where I wonder how much longer I'll be able to do it with a chainsaw and a hand maul. Particularly when the rounds look like this.
I am grateful to have this wood, free and delivered, and will start from the back, where the size is easily managed. When I get to the big ones, maybe I will rent a gas powered hydraulic splitter for a weekend.