Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
Today we cut down the lovely birch-like tree in the center of this photo. The tree was located at Ismael's house in Santa Ana. Unfortunately, Ismael feared the tree would fall on the house (not in this photo; this is the chicken coop) and it was in the space needed to enclose the chickens, turkeys and ducks.
Ismael hired a man who came with is machete. He climbed the tree (with no security line; the line you see attaches the machete to the tree) and soon the large brances began to fall. Only those thin brances at the very top remained.
Meanwhile, on the ground below, Ismael is using his machete to cut down to size the branches that fall.
After lunch, the man returned carrying his large power saw as well as a container of gasoline. Note that his vehicle was a bicycle! I was relieved to know that the three main trunks of the tree would not be cut down with a machete!
This is one tall tree! There was a very small window where the tree could fall without doing damage. To guide the fall, Ismael has taken a rope tied around the trunk of the tree, has wrapped it around the trunk of a second tree and is pulling with all his might while the man with the power saw cuts at the base of the tree.
Perfect landing! The only thing damaged was a wire fence!
Once again the machetes are out. Here Franklin and Hanssel are at work. My machete is the one at the base of the picture.
Each part of this tree is used. In the background you see stacked firewood from the tree. I am hoping that the large leaf pile can be used to make charcoal (whether that happens will be a timing issue).
Here the man with the saw meticulously cuts planks of wood from the lenthy parts of the trunk. I am eager to see how Ismael uses these. Other flat pieces were cut to make seats for chairs. The whole process was a work of art!
Even the saw dust was collected and used in the chicken coop! Gracias, Hanssel!
As in the story of The Giving Tree, all that remains is the stump. Every part of the tree will be lovingly used. We will sorely miss the shade that this tree gave, especially in this very hot country.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012