Being the crafty and perseverant people that we are, we decided to take on the challenge of harvesting melaleuca. So off we went into the glades; chainsaw, hatchets and axes in hand, eager for this new experience. Little did we know the time amount of time and energy that would be involved. The 20 ft water logged trees are MUCH heavier freshly cut as when they are dry, quite an inconvenience when dragging them out of the woods by hand. They release a sap which is abrasive to the skin, spiders and ants infested the the outer layer. Finally we got to the farm, we had to strip off the 4 inch thick papery outer bark.