It is said that firewood warms you three times: first, when you cut down a tree; second, when you split logs; and third, when you burn them in your wood stove. At Chewonki, we have learned that wood warms us in many ways. Wood processing is not only hard and necessary work, but also an opportunity to bond with faculty and other semester students. After work program, it is so rewarding to see all the work you’ve done as you pile the logs onto the truck to go back to campus. It’s amazing how much we can do with what the forest provides us.
At the end of the day we all gather around the fire to chat and tell stories, feeling the wood we processed warming us for the third time. Sitting by the fire also warms us in another way, as we feel the glow of friendship lighting up the cabin. After a long day of wood processing, it’s nice to be able to sit back and feel our work paying off.
-Liam, Sante Fe Preparatory School, NM