On Monday Chuck came with his portable band saw mill–a Timber Harvester made in Waterloo NY. Adam, John, Thom, and Dylan were a big help carrying and stacking the lumber, moving the logs, and draw-knifing the bark. The lumber is gorgeous! Especially the cherry, some of which had exceptional grain pattern and color. Most of the lumber is sawn to 1″, we made a few 6×6 posts, and a few 2″ slabs. A lot of the wood is live sawn–with the bark on one or two edges. We did hit a few nails, but what really damaged the blades, much to our surprise, was the Drylock paint that I had used to seal the logs. Although we knew that paint had abrasives in it, we didn’t think that it would have such an impact–we could see sparks when the blade hit the end of the log. All in all a big success! Thank you everyone who helped!
All pictures except the last two are by Beth and Thom.