Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How much wood could a wood chuck chuck

          This week I spent most of my time at Oregon Barrel Works packaging oak chips. This was an interesting process because one guy will sit outside with a hydraulic wood slitter splitting oak pieces into small manageable pieces then they are ground up in a wood chipper, then from there there are loaded into a giant drying drum where they spin and heat is added to dry the chips. Then after they cool I would bag them into 40 pound bags and put them on a pallet. They are put in a kind of sock looking then and tied off before going into the bag so the wineries can just throw the whole sock in without chips going everywhere.

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