Kevin had been using the mill, of course, but it was close to 18 months since I had.
There were the usual getting back in the groove issues:
- I couldn’t get the band tensioned properly, which turned out to be some bolts left loose.
- Then I used boiling water to thaw the dogging mechanism.
- Then the starter rope broke. That one isn’t fixed right. It doesn’t retract anymore.
Lisa came out then to help — things go much faster with an offbearer, and we sliced up the one log in the pile that wasn’t frozen down.
We stored the cut wood in the hoop house, which will keep it from being buried in the coming snowstorm. It’s handy to have someplace like that, finally.