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Hacking Through Life, July 30, 2012

July 27, 2012

Nepalese knife and Fox Special Ax used to remove smaller branches from this 100-year-old pecan tree prior to using both small and large chain saws.  

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  Life’s adversities hit us all. Some that visited me recently were 70 mph. winds that took down four trees in my yard, including a huge 100-year-old pecan; a requirement that I take a national professional exam to be re-certified as a Professional Geologist; financial reversals in this dismal economy and the onset of a  hot Georgia summer. Using an interesting knife, small ax,  chain saws and my lawn mower, I slowly worked up the trees and either moved or burned them. As everything I own half-way works, it took fooling with five chain saws to do the work of two over a week-long period as I cut and moved thousands of pounds of wood, largely by myself.

  Wood removal was done in Phases. Phase I  consisted of picking up and burning the small broken branches that were scattered all over the yard. Phase II was using a knife and hatchet-sized ax to cut branches and limbs that were less than about 4-inches in diameter.  This work is shown in a  YouTube tree removal video on using small hand tools  at .     Phase III consisted of using small chain saws to cut limbs into fireplace and stove-wood lengths and pecan branches that had a maximum thickness of about 6-inches.  A video of this work may  be viewed at .

Ursus and Bill Krantz

Others were also having adverse events.  I gave one of my dogs to friend Bill Krantz, and Ursus blew out a knee-joint while chasing a cat. This called for nearly $3,000 worth of surgery, but Bill got together the money and  had the surgery done at the University of Georgia. Both are doing well, although the first few nights after the surgery were very painful for the dog. Now Ursus no longer needs his pain meds, his staples have been pulled, and outside of a very bad haircut is getting along. He is gaining strength in the leg every day.Ursus no longer needs to wear the Elizabethan collar, which he hated.

 Just in case my present difficulties might be compounded by a Zombie attack I recently built a three-barreled Duck Foot pistol from a kit, received a Colt Police Model .36-caliber percussion revolver and a new Traditions blunderbuss. The blunderbuss is also  a kit which I will finish and shoot.  Blunderbusses and Duck Foot pistols  are seldom seen and even less frequently shot. They will be examined as part of an article on self-defense guns for the 2014 Gun Digest annual.

Traditions Blunderbuss Kit from Sportsmans Guide, Duck Foot Pistol from Dixie Gun Works and Colt Police revolver from Cimarron Firearms.

  Featured in the cooking section is the Moon Mellon which is a drink made from raw corn whiskey bottled in the authentic Mason jar as Shine On Georgia Moon.  Fresh watermelon slices are put in the jar prior to putting the jar into the freezer to provide a strong, harsh drink for hot-day consumption. Although Georgia Moon is only 86 proof, the original moonshine  is about 140 proof. Either will provide a very strong drink, and only  one a day is recommended.  To see a video on how to make a Moon Melon go to:

                                            Moon Melon with knife and ax used in Phase II of the tree removal process.
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