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    Hints of Balsam and Pine  from our  corner of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Letters
    No.29: A Pine Story.   I live in giant pine, tall and strong with thrifty tops that tower eighty feet. CLICK for map. Look for Camp Barn, at the foot of Bassett Mountain, not far from The Cabin.
    CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   Adirondack Letter No.29: "A Pine Story."    More stuff in An Adirondack Miscellany.   (On the next page.)   Links to all the Adirondack Letters in this series.

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    Matute cones, late fall.
    Pines together.
    Stout trunk up to 24 inches.
    Lone pine.
    Young pine.
    Subject: A Pine Story.
    Date: Wed, 19 June 2013 20:09:13
    From: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
    To:    Fourpeaks Visitors
    At:    < youremailname@youremail.address >

    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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    personal interests and budget. I'd like to help make the natural
    beauty of the Adirondack backcountry a part of your vacation

               Your Adirondack Guide,

               Martin Schwalbaum

             Member Whiteface Mountain Visitors Bureau           
          Member Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau

    This is #29 of a really occasional newsletter, for Fourpeaks
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    "Imagine a place that preserves the charm of the nineteenth-century back-country dwellings . . ." ADIRONDACK LIFE, 2006 Collectors Issue.

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