Wood is a domestic resource here. This is our neighbors’ woodshed-in-the-woods containing logs split to fit in a wood stove or fireplace.


Near the shed, covered by our most recent snow, is a pile of larger logs sawed from fallen and dead trees on their property.


Stacks of wood are common sights around here, although this shed for them is fancier than most. Many people simply stack their firewood outside their houses, often under a tarpaulin. An estimated 50 percent of Maine homes use split or pelleted wood for supplemental heat and about 14 percent use such wood for primary heat, according to the last Census. (Brooklin, Maine)