We thought about all kinds of flooring options, and considered that new tile they have that looks like wood flooring, but the $3000 dollar material cost was enough to choke my sheep, not to mention swallow up my wallet! So today, with tile prices in mind, and knowing our meager little farm had the trees to make our own wide pine flooring, we headed out into the woods with Chainsaw in hand.
I have been saving a stand of White Pine for the last twenty years and while the quality is not that great, it has some good size to it making this pine perfect for our wide pine floors that will match our #3 pine ceilings. In other words, it is going to have some knots.
Katie and my daughter tagged along as I started the process, felling the trees and cutting them into logs. In the future I will drag them out with my tractor, saw them into boards, dry them, form the shiplapped edges, install them by screwing and plugging it to the floor, sanding it and then putting polyurethane on the floor. In all, we should have $300 in costs, or about 10% of the cost of tile...and if people admire the floor when it is done, we can say, "Would you like to see the place they were growing?"
The first tree from a distance:
Sizing the tree up after it had been felled:
My daughter standing next to the tree while I limb it. This tree is about 30 inches in diameter as can be seen from the 24" log rule she is holding:
The first log. In total this single tree yielded 875 board feet, nearly enough to do my entire floor!
Talking to my daughter after dropping the second tree. She wanted to know if God was mad at me for cutting one of his trees (90 years old). It was a great conversation about God's gift to mankind and that he provided tree for us because he loves us so much! A great conversation and why it is good to bring kids with you sometimes.
After 267 years of faithful forest stewardship, God has blessed us abundantly with quality wood that we can use in our homes.