|Black Walnut / Live Edge|
Most intriguing to me was seeing the operator riding the carriage. Wow! That's who I wanted to be when I grew up. What a cool job the sawyer has!
|Elm / Book Matche|
I never did get to be "that guy" who rides the sawmill carriage. But I did get to operate a sawmill or two. In fact, I now own the legendary (and terrifying) Alaskan Sawmill as well as an awesome Woodmizer LT-15 band sawmill.
Milling is more of a necessity than a business for me. I need heavy slabs for the benches and murals I sometimes carve. High quality slabs are so expensive that it's simply cheaper, and easier, to own a mill and make my own.
|Blued Pine / Book Matched|
"Easier" means I don't have to make phone calls, drive to various suppliers, and plan ahead to source the materials. I just have to mill logs as they present themselves and store the slabs until I find a use for them. It's actually hard work but much more satisfying than trying to find what someone else might have on hand...
There's a learning curve and milling has it's own vocabulary too. It's all worth the effort and I believe that for some young man, I have become "that guy". ;)
|Fireplace Mantle from customers log|
|Sycamore / Quarter Sawn|
|Sycamore on the Woodmizer|