Nursery Development https://stillwaterbonsai.com/index.php/Blog/Nursery_Development en Building a bonsai nursery from scratch PT. 2 https://stillwaterbonsai.com/index.php/Blog/building-bonsai-nursery-scratch-pt-2 <span>Building a bonsai nursery from scratch PT. 2</span> <div>The trees have fell</div> <span><span>Stillwater Bonsai</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:20</span> <div><p>It's been 8 long months since the first tree fell on our new nursery property, were happy to report today that there is not a tree left standing.</p> </div> <ul class="clearlist content-slider mb-40"><li> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_1140x642_/public/2018-03/7274_crop.jpg?itok=e4Hs9O7l" width="1140" height="642" alt="Feller Buncher Clearing Trees" /> </li></ul> <div><div class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The anticipation that built from nearly 8 months of waiting to get all the trees cut and off our land was intense to say the least. The day we got the phone call telling us that our land was next on the list to be cut I almost fell out of my chair with excitement.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Being in the heart of forestry country in a region built on the timber industry there were a lot of companies that we could have hired to clear the land, several of them could have done it sooner, but we decided to hold out for the best of the best. The guys at Treeline Inc. in Lincoln Maine are without a doubt the best in the business and when it came down to clearing an entire large piece of land without destroying the ground underneath it there was nobody else we trusted more.<o:p></o:p></p></div> <div class = ' container ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'> <div class = ' row'> <div class = ' col-sm-6'> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The big Tigercat 822C Feller-Buncher they brought to cut the trees was quite an impressive piece of machinery. I didn’t even want to ask how much one of those big ‘ole tree choppers cost but I am sure it’s in the several hundreds of thousands of dollars range.</span></span></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Within minutes of being delivered the operator fired up the giant feller-buncher and went right to work cutting trees and plucking them like they were carrots from the garden,&nbsp; often times several trees at a time laying them out in nice neatly stacked piles for the skidders to come back at a later date and drag to the road side where they will be setting up a giant chipper machine to chip the trees into tiny pieces to be hauled off to a local bio-mass energy plant where they will be turned into fuel which will power a few Maine homes in the future. </span></span></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In just a few short hours the beastly machine had already cleared more trees than it took us over a month to clear by hand working 25-30 hours a week. It made me wonder why we even bothered trying to clear any of the land by hand last summer at all, although at the time I think we would have done pretty much anything to try and get the land cleared so we could get a field started for field growing our beautiful tiny little bonsai trees. It was heartbreaking that the weather wouldn’t cooperate with us this past summer / fall.&nbsp; The day the first snow flurries started to fly signaling the end of being able to work on the land ourselves, knowing we didn’t get a single tree planted to start its journey of growing into a gorgeous piece of bonsai stock was a huge let down, but seeing this amazing tree cutting machine just zipping along removing trees like they were nothing restored hope and aspirations of having a field done, a place to build a home, and a place to build a new store front finally completed in 2018. </span></span></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The man that operated this grizzly tree felling machine told us he had been operating machines similar to this one for nearly 20+ years and it clearly showed as he performed his tree felling ballet every minute opening up just enough clear land to make me stop and look in awe.</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class = ' col-sm-6'> <span ><img style="" src="/sites/default/files/7765%20Crop.jpg" alt="" title="" /> </span> </div> </div> </div> <span ><img style="" src="/sites/default/files/7684%20cropped.jpg" alt="" title="" /> </span> <div class = ' ui-sortable-handle'><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">All in all it took just over 13 hours spread across 2 days to get the entire lot cleared, and as of today there is not a single tree left standing on the entire property. We have roughly 30 or so piles of fell trees stacked up and awaiting the monster chipper machine to come turn them into bio-mass in a few weeks, but for now it’s just a good feeling to know they are down and that the only step left to do in order &nbsp;to be able to start building structures and hauling in loom and manure for the field is to pull the stumps and level the ground in the spring. </span></span></span></p></div> <div class = ' ui-sortable-handle video'> <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D9ak_LkyHHg?theme=dark&color=white" allowfullscreen = "allowfullscreen"></iframe> </div> <div class = ' ui-sortable-handle'><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">To see this amazing machine in action check out our video we made for our youtube channel.</span></span></span></p></div> </div> <section> <div class="mb-60 mb-xs-30"> <div class="media-list text comment-list"> </div> </div> </section> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:20:50 +0000 Stillwater Bonsai 115 at https://stillwaterbonsai.com Building a bonsai nursery from scratch PT. 1 https://stillwaterbonsai.com/index.php/Blog/building-bonsai-nursery-scratch-pt-1 <span>Building a bonsai nursery from scratch PT. 1</span> <div>It&#039;s been a long Sumer</div> <span><span>Stillwater Bonsai</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/26/2017 - 21:16</span> <div><p>It's amazing to think about the days 100 years ago when farmers turned forest into fields with nothing more than hand saws and horses.</p> </div> <ul class="clearlist content-slider mb-40"><li> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_1140x642_/public/2017-10/purchase_day.jpg?itok=A1KNSS_4" width="1140" height="642" alt="The day we bought our land" /> </li></ul> <div><div class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><p>We knew before we bought the land that the surge of early summer storms and rain made the ground too damp to bring in the heavy machines and we would have to wait until winter to have it all clear cut, but that wasn't going to stop us from getting started. It wasn't more than an hour from the time we closed on the land that we fired up the chainsaws and started clearing a forest to make room for our tiny trees.</p></div> <span class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><img style="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_1140x642_/public/Tree%20Clearing%20Day%201.jpg?itok=0Ot_m7MZ" width="1140" height="642" alt="" title="" /> </span> <div class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><p>We were running chainsaws and dragging logs and brush for weeks on end. Needless to say it was a good summer workout and helped us all to shed a few pounds, and as 95% of the trees on the lot were too small to be worth anything of timber value, we decided to help the local community heat some homes this winter by giving away everything we cut as free firewood so it was not wasted and for a good cause.</p></div> <span class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><img style="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_1140x642_/public/Wood%20Piles_0.jpg?itok=nh6uN0Mv" width="1140" height="642" alt="" title="" /> </span> <div class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><p>We decided over a year ago when we decided to build the new nursery that we were going to build a house on the property. Maybe it's just us but, is there really any better place to live then a place surrounded by bonsai? It took us nearly a month of running chainsaws and dragging logs and brush out by hand to clear just under 2 acres where we're going to build the house so the sun could reach the ground and dry it out, but with persistence we got it done.</p></div> <div class = ' slider-wrapper ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle' data-autoplay = "10000"><div class="work-full-media mt-0 white-shadow"> <div class="clearlist work-full-slider owl-carousel owl-theme" style="opacity: 1; display: block;"> <div > <span class = ' image-align text-align-center' align = 'center'><img style="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_1140x642_/public/Heavy%20machines.jpg?itok=QGy4XH2Y" width="1140" height="642" alt="" title="" /> </span> </div> <div > <span class = ' image-align text-align-center' align = 'center'><img style="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_1140x642_/public/Driveway.jpg?itok=UomXBeQf" width="1140" height="642" alt="" title="" /> </span> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><p>As soon as the area we cut the trees from was dry enough, we brought in the heavy machines and started to pull stumps to build a driveway and home pad. It took almost a week to get the stumps pulled from the driveway area and home site, but we managed. Finally we were able to get a septic engineer to come do the tests and get a septic system designed, and we have a place to park so we were not blocking parts of the road.</p></div> <span class = ' image-align text-align-center ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle' align = 'center'><img style="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_1140x642_/public/Stumps%20cleared.jpg?itok=JQZOjlj4" width="1140" height="642" alt="" title="" /> </span> <div class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><p>With the driveway and home site cleared and the heavy rain we got in late summer prohibiting us from moving forward we decided we were going to start clearing the north part of the property to get started on the 5+/- acre field we are going to use for field growing out some trees.</p></div> <span class = ' image-align text-align-center ui-sortable-handle' align = 'center'><img style="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_1140x642_/public/Field%20Clearing.jpg?itok=86qo5B8b" width="1140" height="642" alt="" title="" /> </span> <div class = ' ui-sortable-handle ui-sortable-handle'><p>The above photo dosn't really do it justice. We spent nearly 3 weeks cutting dark forest (for those of you who don't know, dark forest means woods so thick the sun barley hits the ground). We got just over an acre of field cut, bucked and hauled out leaving us with the massive amounts of brush you see in the photo. Yet again the weather isn't cooperating and the heavy fall rain put a halt on progress, but we're still moving and stacking brush in between storms in hopes that maybe we can get the stumps pulled, loam and manure hauled in, and first acre of field tilled in before the snow flies.</p></div> </div> <section> <div class="mb-60 mb-xs-30"> <div class="media-list text comment-list"> </div> </div> </section> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:16:05 +0000 Stillwater Bonsai 108 at https://stillwaterbonsai.com