Most of us know the joy of sitting in front of a wood fire, whether it is an outdoors campfire, in an outdoor fire pit, or indoors in a fireplace or wood burning stove. Some of us take pride in chopping our own wood, others have a local provider deliver it.
Those that live in Newfoundland have truly turned this into an art.
First the trees are cut down in long lengths. If it is in winter they may be transported on a sled pulled behind a skidoo. Historically these sleds would be pulled by Newfoundland ponies. Wood is then moved to a staging location where it is allowed to age for at least a year. It stands on end to allow the sap to run to the base. Then it is laid flat.
Once dried, it is cut to the correct length, split and then stacked.
Some lengths might even be taken to a local mill for building lumber. The outer scrap pieces are kept and added to the wood pile.
Once the stacks are moved closer to home for ready access they are covered in a variety of ways. For some they have a special wood shed, others use their garage
Great pride is taken by all in the amount of firewood and how well it is stacked.