Homestead: Getting the Chainsaw Stuck … and Unstuck

Today was an outdoor work day, at least until the storm blew in. Feeding critters, excluding chickens, and getting the chainsaw stuck, and unstuck.

Feeding Critters

I did the usual thing first – fed the critters. It was a foggy morning, so I brought the camera with me. There are always good things to see when it’s a foggy morning.

The horses are the most impatient of the crew.

Shasta, keeping Comanche away from the gate so she can have first divs. Or is it "dibs"?
Shasta, keeping Comanche away from the gate so she can have first divs. Or is it “dibs”?

My most often photographed foggy-morning subject is the old Ford 8N tractor. Poor thing doesn’t get to work much right now, but we’ll get her fixed up and back on the job eventually.

Once a standby for homestead work - Old Ford 8N Tractor

So I figured after taking this photo that there would be some other pretty things just a little ways down the driveway. So I sat the buckets down and went for a short walkabout.

A dayflower in a vivid shade of blue.
Asiatic dayflower (Commenlina communis) in a vivid shade of blue.
The driveway in an oft-photographed spot.
The driveway in an oft-photographed spot.
I have a weakness for feathers on the ground, especially when they're dewy from the fog.
I have a weakness for feathers on the ground, especially when they’re dewy from the fog.
Tiny little pinwheel mushrooms.
Tiny little pinwheel mushrooms.

Getting on with the other homestead work chores.

First on the list of things to do was deter chickens from roosting under our shed.

The flock patron, Old Man. Watching us block off the shed before we moved on to getting the chainsaw stuck while cutting a cedar.
The flock patron, Old Man.

They’re not going to like it when they go in to roost this evening and find the way is barred. There’s a perfectly good unused henhouse for them to roost in.

Once we got that done, it was on to cutting down a large cedar tree in the way of the future septic drain field for the new Wild Ozark shop Rob is working on.

Getting the Chainsaw Stuck

Cedar trees have a nasty habit of grabbing the blade. Rob got the chainsaw stuck a few times before the final stick.

This is how we got the chainsaw out of the tree where it got stuck while cutting a limb.

Never leave a person standing on a ladder to hold the stuck saw – just tie it off so it doesn’t fall to the ground when the limb is pulled. And make sure the chain you’re pulling with is long enough to let you get out of the way when the limb falls.

After this, the thunder started rumbling and rain drops began to fall so we retreated to the house.

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About Wild Ozark
Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs to make earth pigments and watercolor paints. We also grow native clay that I use for paint and various other things. And then there are the trees. We grow lots of trees. My husband uses some for his woodworking and some for our Burnt Kettle Shagbark Hickory Syrup, but for the most part they stand around creating good air, shade, & habitat for the ginseng nursery.

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I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. You can find my art on display and for sale at the Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas. It's a tiny little town and a bit off the path to anywhere at all, but a wonderful ride out to a most beautiful part of our state. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making arts & crafty things, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.

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Madison Woods is a Nature Artist & Fantasy Author living in the wild Ozark hills of northwest Arkansas. She uses native rocks, clay, and botanicals to create works of art to capture the magic of nature. Her writing reflects her love of adventure in the rural outback.

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  1. (It’s “dibs.”) Maybe your storm was the storm we had overnight and in the morning. Our grass is growing so fast that we may need to buy a sheep to keep it under control. 🙂 I love the blue color of that flower and the little mushroom. I really hope we can get out there sometime and see your place.


    1. Our grass is growing so fast too! I used to never need to mow more than 2 or 3 times a year because summers were very dry. This year, I can’t keep up. And once the ragweed starts blooming I can’t mow no matter how badly I might want. Terribly allergic to that plant. I hope y’all can get out here one day too!

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