When I was first hired as an apprentice, Jeff had big plans for a sawmill. He bought this blue machine from Dan Hudock, a local sawyer, and was constructing a building with a pavillion to house the mill.
Sometime in 2008 we finally finished construction and fired up the mill for the first time. Since then, we've been making a lot of our own material. Thanks to our connection with Steve Shreiner and Shreiner Tree Care we have logs aplenty.
In the video above you can see our process. It's mostly a manual operation. We use a peavey and cant hook to roll the log onto the mill. The log rolls across some I beams and clunks down in place. It's important to place the dogs so that the logs doesn't roll right off the other side. We may have learned that the hard way once or twice.
We slab the outside of the log to get a square, and then we can start cutting boards. The initial phase of slabbing is what takes the longest. So many flips of the log. And the logs are heavy.
Once we get to the square cant, boards come off pretty quickly. Larissa stacks them, straps them, and hauls them away to our air drying yard.
This process has been made much easier by the addition of our new skid steer.
You might say to yourself, "These people saw logs and listen to 70's Krautrock band Can? They must be the coolest people in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania."
You might not be wrong.