I come from the Pine Tree State – the northern part – where trees and timber are intrinsically tied into the fabric of life. I was born in a paper making town, and started working at the local mill before I left high school. My father worked for a paper mill, my uncle did as well, and so did most of my friends’ parents.
If you’ve never been to northern Maine you might not realize that it gets cold here. The snow starts falling in November and sticks around until March or later, and temperatures well below zero Fahrenheit are a regular occurrence. A majority of people in our area use wood in one form or another to heat their homes, as it is plentiful and relatively inexpensive. So handling and processing timber has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
Another thing you get used to in our area is working without electricity. Lots of snow and ice in areas with trees near power lines mean outages are frequent in the winter. Unlike urban areas we don’t loot and riot when the power goes out – we hunker down, start the generator, grab our battery powered lights and devices, and help our neighbor.
Maine is filled with lakes and streams, and there are plenty of amazing places to hike, camp, boat, and enjoy. Most of them are filled with trees but no electrical outlets, so dealing with timber and using battery operated devices is a way of life for us.
So Timber & Battery is born out of my experiences in Maine. I decided to use my respect for wood and the amazing tools used to shape and work it, along with my familiarity with batteries, battery operated tools, and portable power solutions, to build a website dedicated to both. Hopefully that comes through in the articles and reviews on this site. And if you have an interesting story, memory, or use for batteries or wood tools, please share it.