Reminds me of maple sugaring. Actually met Erick over a decade ago when I was hitchhiking over in Starkey.
Pruning is my favorite orchard chore. It is truly art, sculpting of the tree. To promote fruitful wood, renew old branches, shape the tree for good sunlight and airflow. Apples and leaves will surround these trees this summer but for now they are mere skeletons. The air is crisp and the cider, fresh and cold.