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Sequel (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 1987-????, December 01, 2012, Image 16

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[HOWTO] ONE SAPPY STORY You don't need much to start: A drill and 5 / 1 6 \ or 7 / 1 6 \ bit, a bucket and lid, and a stile (or tap). You'll also need a container in which to store the sap, a pan for boiling, and a heat source, such as a grill. Sap starts flowing in late February and early March, depending on where you live; you may need to tap your trees by late January to be ready. F orget boxing. M aple sugaring is the sweet science around here. A n d even though there may be a b lanket o f snow on the g round now (or not, based o n this w inter so far), s p ring’s c o m ing - why not m a k e y o u r o w n syrup? Learn how w ith H a n s M ichielen ’73, the m a n a g e r o f o u r sugarbush, and Daniel N a tusch. (Any questions? D rop M ichielen a line at hm ichielen@ p a u lsm iths.edu.) - TEXTS, PHOTOS BY KENNETH AARON ▲ You'll also need a maple tree - preferably a sugar maple, but red, silver or black will do. Branches on maples grow opposite each other; you could also look for grey or brown bark marked with deep grooves. O r just go online. ▲ Drill a hole for the spile. Angle the hole slightly upward, to help the sap drain. You don't need to go too far - wrap tape around the bit at the 2-inch mark to know when to stop drilling. ▲ Insert the spile into the hole and seat with a hammer. Go easy - if you drive it too tightly and split the tree, the hole is useless. 16 Sequel I Winter 2012

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