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Logging, Limbing and Prelude Romantico by Emilio Pujol

Most woodworkers I know are compulsive makers. They build things of wood not so much to have the finished product but to satisfy an inner yearning to experiment, to learn and to create. It's a feeling, I imagine, akin to an artist's need to paint or a musician's need to play.

Paul Bertorelli, Fine Woodworking On Things to Make, 1986

Not so much logging today, though that will happen soon enough, there are trees to be fallen for fire safety/mitigation on the property.

Started to build a dog run/yard today and realized after setting several posts that limbs on the big ponderosa needed to come down before work went any further.

The tree is on the north side of the house, limbs were touching the roof and the power line leading into the workshop/woodshed. The tree should have been trimmed a long time ago.

It was a little dicey to cut the limbs, I really needed a 32 foot ladder to do the work. I cut several limbs and left them a little long for me to sit on as I cut other limbs. A little scary but I took my time. It was a lot of fun to do the work! It was good to climb a tree again!

All this from just 10 limbs. Clean up tomorrow!

I bought this prelude through, it's a interesting piece published in 1954, I look forward to working on it. I need to find recordings of Pujol's work, other then the one I have by David Russell.

Check out this YouTube of Grisha! This kid is amazing! I do think that he needs to mature a little and spend the rest of his life living in Spain among real flamenco singers, dancers and guitarists, then he could approach the sound of Sabicas. There are more videos of him playing other guitars by famous makers, they are eye and ear openers, just surf through YouTube!


  1. What kind of saw were you using? I have a small tree farm growing and soon will need to get higher than my Stihl pruning saw on a pole can reach. It seems mighty dangerous to get on a ladder with a chainsaw...

    Last week David Russell performed at the Zankel Music Center at Skidmore college, nearby. His playing was of the very highest order. Each note had such fullness of tone, something beyond what I've heard from any other player. He also had some kind of signature cross-picking move that added a unique color. A warm and engaging way with the audience, terrific selection of pieces, and complete and facile technique. I'm still floating from the concert!

  2. Tico:

    I used a little Stihil 117 chainsaw that I bought eight, nine years ago to thin out the small trees on our property in northeastern California. It's a wonderful saw for limbing. My other saw is a Husky 385 that I have run a 42 inch bar on before, it sure is a powerhouse. By the way, I wasn't on a ladder, I was sitting in the limbs of the tree as I cut.

    I'm glad to hear that Henry got a full time job with the tour company that he works for, will be sorry not to chat with him at work anymore.

    The David Russell concert must of been wonderful, he is a true virtuoso!


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