Friday, December 7, 2012
And so, the work on the entrance has begun. It started with removing the fence along the road frontage, removing the Black Walnut tree to the left of the driveway, re-centring the driveway (which will involve shifting the avenue of plane trees 3m to the left this winter), and starting to put in the footings for the wall.
Above and Below: The Black Walnut tree
Below: The Walnut being felled...
Below: Next Afternoon
It was a shame that the Black Walnut had to go. I don't like cutting down trees, but it was right in the way, and it was quite old (branches would usually fall down during high winds). It will be replaced by a pair of weeping willows on either side of the entrance. But to assuage my guilt further, I called the local wood turners' association and offered the wood to them. Black Walnut can make some stunning pieces, and it would have only ended up as firewood otherwise...
Above: Planks of Black Walnut
Below: Some turned Black Walnut
Pity there was not quite enough to make a black walnut counter top...