Living on a generously treed property, it makes sense to come up with interesting ways to put our inevitable fallen timber to use. It goes without saying that our preferred way of using the timber is for heating our home over winter with using it as a fuel for our woodoven or chiminea coming in a close second.
But there is just SO much of it!
I honestly feel a little overwhelmed at times looking at it all..once it has fallen or more frighteningly - when it is about to fall! And I'm not even the one cutting it up..that job goes to the wonderfully capable hubby who has become quite a seasoned woodsplitter in the last few years!
Anyhow, back to topic, it is a whole lot of fun and very satisfying to put this generous commodity to good use, aside from the obvious heating/cooking uses..
For instance, a few sneakily acquired logs make handy garden edging for tricky bends where straight logs just don't cut it (eep, pun not intended!).
A strategically placed trunk section makes a useful 'stepping stone' for the middle of the bed to assist in future harvesting..
Teepees and wigwams are a given. The size? Whatever length of the branches that are hanging about..
A recent addition here, my first gate made with scrounged twigs. I am sure there must be an easier way than pre-drilling and then nailing each branch, talk about tedious! Twining or wiring perhaps? If you know, please share! I would love to try more of this style of creation...I'm thinking fencing or portable hurdle panels.
The rustic gate does an adequate job of keeping the poochy one contained, much to his disappointment!
A most exciting discovery of late: 'Donkey steps'!
The easiest steps you'll ever make, I promise! Just take yourself down to the back of the property, and there, one will find lengths of timber that the able one is yet to dock up which are the perfect diameter and length for this project. Bring them back to your gentle slope, you know, the one that you always seem to find yourself sliding down on the wet grass over winter and get positioning!
Once they're in place, a couple of stakes at each end on the 'down side' and then back fill with mulch or gravel. I told you they were easy! And such fun to make..and walk on ..and sit on!
Festive wishing trees and advent calenders are another option if there are some odd scrappy branches lying around and it's that time of year.
And lastly, quite backbreaking to get in position this seating arrangement would have to be one of my favourite uses for our fallen timber to date..
They fit comfortably around our 'in progress Millie Ross firepit', and thanks to hubby's even eye, the logs are all cut a uniform size which means that all log seating occupants are at eye level with each other!
How thoughtful was he?
Do you make use of fallen timber? What interesting ways have you put it to use?