Come along on the trip to the farm, via my slide show, to bring my tall, open branched, yet designer thin, Canaan Fir home. It is thin because it has to go into my dining room.
I have had my eye on this tree for over three years. Each year opting for a very large Grand or Noble Fir. They are much showier trees and fit the living room nicely. This tree was smaller then, at about nine feet. The right height for my space. But at twelve feet now, I have other plans for it as you may already know watching the slide show to the last image.
The dining room is a wider space, yet has so many windows and doors that placing a large tree impedes circulation through the space. In magazines, they stage a space, often with disregard for passage or seating function. It makes the nicest shot and gets in the most information about the space. But in a real situation, you select what is space suitable.
So we start out at the farm on a brisk, yet sunny morning at 7:30 am. I arrive and am the only one around. I start my job of making wreaths for opening at 12 noon. I take a last look to make sure my tagged tree is still in the field. All night I worried that by tagging it, some other family was going to come along with a saw and claim it because they saw the bright white tag hanging on it, thinking it was special. This is not my real job of course, but I have so much fun working here at Christmas, I would almost do it for free. You will see why after I post the weekend images.
Anyway at noon break, I got one of Santa’s Helpers to bring a chain saw and cut it for me. Thank goodness, because I did not want to do it. The tree slayer, sorry, I mean Santa’s Helper, quickly felled my tree and there was the poor stump staring up at me.
It was loaded onto the little wagon and taken back to the tree prep area. First, my helper shook the tree. All the debris and little bugs came flying out.
Then my tree gets put into the baler. A tiny little hole is at the far end as the tree gets squished into a transportable shape. I have a picture to show you of a 20 foot tree getting put through this machine. We all stopped what we were doing to watch it, all wishing we had a camera on hand. I had my iPhone and got a shot. I will post it on the weekend when they have their busiest days and I am working very hard. I will have loads of photos I hope.
Well, back to my tree. My helper shoves and pulls my tree through the baler and at the other end, positions the netting.
But wait. My tree needs to be shorter than 12 feet. I have my helper cut off three and a half feet for an eight and a half-foot tree. So what do I do with the waste. I make three wreaths out of it. A very economical use of the whole tree.
The next step is drilling a hole in the bottom of the tree for my pin stand. A machine does this job nicely and the tree is plumb. Last year I forgot to get it drilled. My nine foot Frasier was already home and I am so mad at myself for forgetting.
Just try to do this yourself!!!! Not. I get out the half-inch drill and largest bit, and start boring away. You can tell by my fresh-cut shot that the hole is bigger than one half-inch. I was working at this for over one hour. Taking the tree in and out again because I cut it crooked each time. I said many bad words to myself and about myself. So, I did not forget this year.
One guy this year brought his tree back because he forgot. If I did not live so far away, I would have done that too, but mine was already off my truck. It is also a real pain to get it back up on the roof rack and tie it down. I was so mad at myself…
The helper then loaded it into my jeep, and it just fit with the hatch window closed. That made for a toastier ride home.
Once home, I sawed off the bottom inch for a fresh cut and trimmed up the branches. I brought it in and removed the netting, setting my tree free. I watered it and now it awaits my tree decor. I will go up to the attic and maybe outside in the yard. I have some dried hydrangea just calling to be used. I will get a move on to get my trees posted, but next…
My post will talk about tree care. I also want to discuss real tree vs. and artificial trees. This has so many people divided. Me, I use both and I can show you how to make an artificial wreath or tree become real. Sort of anyway. It is the best of both worlds.