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Old 04-13-2012, 10:30 AM   #6196
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I used a wood batten to mark out the curve, and while I didn't get a pic of the first layout, here it is before I did the next cut.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:36 AM   #6197
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Not having enjoyed the experience of using the beam cutter, I abandoned that idea in favor of using an electric handsaw to see if that might work.

I set the blade about 1 1/2" deep and took a shot. MUCH better. You can watch the blade and follow the line without difficulty.

With the beam thickness of 3", the electric saw will not go all the way through. But I made one more cut with the blade at maximum depth, which I think is around 2 3/8" or so and then finished it off with a reciprocating saw.

Now that last part was very slow, and I have thought of another way to finish the cut since then.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:40 AM   #6198
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The bridge awaits further work while I am involved with the usual ten projects at once.

When I need something light to do I can always start to see how a few plants will look around one end of the pond. I set a few out and it's going to look pretty darned good when everything is in place.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:42 AM   #6199
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There are a couple of volunteer cherry trees growing by the pond, so I thought I might try the Japanese method of training some of the branches by hanging rocks from them.
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Last weekend one of the neighbour ladies came over to see how I was doing (she's a real sweetheart) and said that her hubby had seen a big log out in front of their place. But it was too big for him to cut up for firewood, so would I like to have it? Sure, why not.

So on the tide the next day I paddled the canoe out, dogged the log up and pulled it in to our place. It turned out to be 32' long. Pretty decent size.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:53 AM   #6201
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You see two logs in that pic, well the far one was floating just past the neighbour's cabin when I looked out the following day. So I thought, hmmmm, maybe that's the log she was talking about.

Once again, on the tide that evening I went out to look, and this one was indeed huge. Turned out to be a boom log and it was much more fun trying to get this one in to the head of the bay.

Here's all 68' of it floated right in.
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This log came with a few extras, in the form of three boom chains and two nice new dogs with lines! Thank you very much!

Each boom chain weighs 40 lbs and some of the locals use them as anchors for small boats.

The big log measures out at one full cord of wood. Believe me, that's big!
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There was a herring spawn here just over a week ago, and here's one of the local boats trying to track the fish down.
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That's one HUGE log to cut Keith. Having the boats sitting near it really gives a sense of how long it is.

It's nice to have you posting in this thread again.
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My stars Keith, that is a bunch of things you have been busy with, just absolutely amazing, I just don't see how you can hold up doing all of that. It's good to see you posting.
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My stars Keith, that is a bunch of things you have been busy with, just absolutely amazing, I just don't see how you can hold up doing all of that. It's good to see you posting.
Tell you the truth Jim, I haven't done much at any one time. So, it has been a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Doing some work in the Japanese garden this afternoon, mostly cleaning up the horrible mess left by the winter winds. That and a couple of years of outright neglect.

I'm going to see if I can build a small header pool to circulate water from the pond itself. That way I can have a go at building a small waterfall to add sound to the garden. I have one of those deer scarers to incorporate which adds that extra element to annoy the neighbours.

But first I need to clear the area out where the little header pool will go, lots of growth there to get rid of. I'll get a few photos as that progresses.
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Tell you the truth Jim, I haven't done much at any one time. So, it has been a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Sounds like "Attention Deficit Syndrome".
I seem to excel at that these days.

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Sounds like "Attention Deficit Syndrome".
I seem to excel at that these days.

Glad to see this thread breathing again.
If this is the official medical diagnosis, then I'll accept it.

But mostly in the past it has been HRH always asking "When are you going to do this, and when are you going to do that?" So now I can offer up a perfectly logical medical explanation.

Thanks for that Bud...always nice to have another excu...er...I mean reason.
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The area where the small header pool is to go sits under that grey liner to the left of the photo. I did make a feeble attempt to clean it out last year...or maybe it was the year before (attention deficit syndrome at work here) but the salal has overtaken the whole area again.
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It looks about like this after I cleaned most of it out, and I did a bit more after this photo.

So now I can see what sort of small area there will be for the pool and what plantings I need to put there. I plan on covering the bottom of the pool with smooth rocks.
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