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No.29: A Pine Story.
I live in giant pine, tall and strong with thrifty tops that tower
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Adirondack Letter No.29: "A Pine Story."
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Subject: A Pine Story.|
Date: Wed, 19 June 2013 20:09:13
From: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
To: Fourpeaks Visitors
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Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,
When I first got here exploring the hundreds of acres that fell to
me almost the first thing I learned--trees have value. Bill
Lincoln explained it to me. Building a modern well fourteen feet
down with 3-foot concrete sections and crushed stone at the bottom
by the spring run where Jim Melvin had his tent platform after the
war. Getting down from the machine, "Would you like to harvest
trees for cash." Something to that effect or maybe he said
nothing. Bill is a true local a person of few words.
He took me for a walk that day every so often pointing out a
mature pine. "Ripe for harvesting. A hundred dollar tree by the
looks of it." Whatever arrangement I made with him I remember only
telling him not to cut anywhere close to the cabin. Weeks later at
the office his bill for the new well showed a modest credit for
With a growing passion for tree gardening I set Merritt to work on
the open 4-acre flat nearby, almost pure eastern with a high
crown, cutting out whatever hardwood there was along with fallen
debris and cleaning the old stone wall that ran along one side. At
work there on the weekend Danny the savvy realestate broker cum
advisor admired and pronounced it good site improvement.
Right at my backyard a dark low land filled with water off Bassett
extended westerly a good distance. At the far end a stand of pure
white birch at that time and a crude dam that held water for cows.
I named it Indian Spring a reminder of what settlers here were up
against and what they did about it. Walking often the small creek
close by the path it made downhill with many turns, in deep woods
a small hump rose up perfect for sitting. Maggie and Silas come
spring clean for me one day and Billy builds a bridge over the
flowing water. I set my Camp Barn outhouse on the edge of it, call
it Pine Swamp.
With good resin and an airy cellular structure, white pine is
light and strong the perfect building material for the camps from
Wolf's Nest right on to Ridge in the seventies and Thoreau and
Gypsy later. Shirley Wallace rough cuts it at his mill on Valley
Road. A full 2x4 for wall studs, 2x8 or better for joists and
rafters, and stout one-inch boards for walls siding and the rest.
I hire his son Bobby for building but the shelves cabinets and
decoration I do my own on weekends. The Hut at First View is
roofed and wrapped ready for siding and windows this summer. May
be my last.
Cody comes by the other day and George the camp watchdog takes no
notice. He's had to walk in and takes me outside to show me a dead
twelve inch pine across the road. We get the saw and I ask him to
cut at road's edge. Leave the stump where it fell. Fallen trees
have a story to tell I say, thinking of the good size stumps I've
found around over the years, none of them very far from the road.
I live in giant pine, tall and strong with thrifty tops that tower
eighty feet. A pure stand of them. Come see for yourself. Take the
time to view life in its non-human, non-animal forms. You may
discover a consonance that is healthy and comforting beyond words.
If you hurry you'll make it in time for abundant meadow flowers in
sun and open woods dark with a full canopy.
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Your Adirondack Guide,
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