SAPLINGS DELIVERED TO TWO GIRLS YURTS

  

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:


Saplings cut after leaves are off and before bark starts to slip. Typically between October 15 and March 1.


Species: Hardwoods only: Hard or soft maple, cherry, ash (where not quarantined), hop hornbeam, beech, black or yellow birch. No white or grey birch, oak, basswood, poplar, striped maple, or softwoods.


Freshly cut trees only: less than three weeks old.


Clean bark: no dirt, ice or snow.


No skidding damage.


No dead wood.


Branches removed without damage to the trunk.                                   


Ends cut square 


FULL LENGTH SAPLINGS:


Size: Base: no more than 3“ diameter. Tip must be cut at 1-1/2" dia.  


Length: The whole tree between 3” and 1-1/2" no matter the length.   


Sweep: Must not exceed diameter. Bends and crooks must be minimal.


A $6.50 pole is over 25’ long and very straight. These come from a slow-growing forest with competition for light.  When they occur they are ash, hard maple, or black birch. Most soft maples are between $4.00 and $5.00. We will pay $3.50 for a slightly wiggly 15’-18’ pole with 2” base diameter. Less than this we cannot use.                     


PIECES CUT TO LENGTH:


Pre-cut poles may be easier for you to transport to us, and will bring you a little more financial return. Transforming raw saplings into usable yurt parts is called ‘tree straightening,’ because a person with a good eye can get straight wood out of moderately crooked trees. This involves cutting at natural bend points, and choosing pieces for appropriate structural members based upon size and shape. Of course, most saplings are too crooked, and should be left in the woods where they will straighten as they grow into full-size trees. Pre-cut poles are either Lattice or Rafters:


Lattice: 

Length: 68”  +/- 1/4”.  Diameter between 1-1/2” and 2-3/4”. Sweep must not exceed one half the diameter. Lattice pieces are used to build the ‘baby gate’ wall around the yurt. They must be very straight as each piece will be split in half. Quality lattice will come from the lower parts of straight-growing trees. We have almost limitless need for these. $4.00 each. 


We also need a smaller quantity of 82” lattice: $4.50 each.


Rafters:

Length:105”  +/- 1/4”. Base no more than 2-3/4”. Tip must be between 1-1/2” and 2”. They may wiggle a little, but the overall direction of growth must maintain a single orientation. The sweep must not exceed the diameter. These pieces will typically come from higher up in the tree. $3.50 each.


We also buy some 140” ($4.50) and 85” ($2.50) rafters: call us first.


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WE RECOMMEND STARTING WITH A SMALL LOAD OF POLES TO BE SURE OF THEIR QUALITY.


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IF YOU HAVE A FOREST NEAR US WITH PLENTIFUL SAPLINGS AND GOOD ACCESS, BUT WANT US TO CUT FOR YOU, WE PAY $1.00 PER POLE FOR ‘STUMPAGE.’


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Ken Gagnon

Adriane Sturgeon

Two Girls Yurts

238 Quaker City Road

Acworth, NH

(603) 499-2568


Directions: twogirlsfarm.org/directions.

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