Milling Around

The mill for slicing our trees arrived Monday. It’s been a week of slow progress with a steady supply of setbacks. I have ended each day with the thought, “But now we are ready to roll and tomorrow we’ll kill it.” I was wrong every time.

The PNG Way

Yesterday we cleared the grass where we plan to build our house. We saw–and killed–one death adder. Meanwhile, up the hill there was a dispute. Based on the shouting and the report from guys working with me, a woman chopped her daughter’s foot with a machete because of a disagreement in the garden. The daughter…

Waiting for a Mill

  Our trees were cut down about three weeks ago, but they still lie where they fell. I’m trying to figure out how to mill them. Here in Menya we have two options for slicing trees into lumber. The first is a chainsaw in a frame. As you can see from the stack, it cuts…

Making It Home

Yesterday we flew back to Menya after two days of frantic preparation. Our third time flying in with the whole family was also my third time scrambling through flight-day-eve delivering supplies to the hanger, cutting items from our load to meet the weight limit and toiling past midnight with last minute tasks. My least favorite…

Plywood Week

Last week was home school week for Elizabeth and the kids. For me it was plywood week which has stretched into plywood week and a half. My first task was painting our future plywood floor with two coats of polyurethane, sanding in between. I applied the polyurethane in the COC painting room–familiar turf. You can…

Timber

After a three day delay–which doesn’t qualify as a delay in PNG–I found the lumber jacks cutting my trees. One man ran the chainsaw while his supervisors stood close. I am thankful no one got hurt and the chainsaw survived the morning since, I assume, I would have been financially responsible for any injury or…