Two weeks of full time chainsaw work!
I was dreading the milling trips. I’ve got a set of skills and strengths, but house building and chainsaw skills aren’t anywhere near them! Every time I saw a video of a missionary team building a house I inwardly despaired of how hard it was going to be.
The pile of wood we have is modest, but it includes the most difficult pieces of wood to cut. The ridge beams, for example, are each over 10 meters (32 feet) long and it took nearly a full day just to prepare the log for those cuts. But, once things were ready, they came one after the next (though the cut was so long we would have to refuel midway).
Milling posts. That has been the focus for the past few days and today just might be our last day of it! The prospect of being finished with house posts is especially pleasing since the sort of tree the posts are made out of are a little bit nasty! What makes them annoying is the needle-like fibers in the bark of the tree which get stuck in our clothes and just cause constant itching. But, apparently they last so long they are passed from parent to child, so that’s neat.
We’re only a few days into this first milling trip and already a problem is beginning to emerge: They feed us. Way. Too. Much!
Well our milling trip is finally under way, a few days late but no big deal. We were a little concerned about some rumors we had heard that the Kovol people were upset, but their enthusiasm dispelled these fears pretty quickly!