The process of tapping a tree starts with choosing the right tree. First, it has to be a maple tree (hence the name maple syrup), and the tree must have a minimum diameter of 10 inches.

Once the tree is selected, a hole is drilled into it and a spile is tapped into the hole. A spile resembles the shape of a kazoo, narrow at both ends and fat in the middle. It also has a small lip at the end to allow the sap to drip out. A bucket is hung from the spile with the spiles opening dripping its contents into the bucket.


This process is what Ryan used for his first four years of maple syrup operations.

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