I am a miller. I have been doing this for 2 years now. This is my second time milling grand fir. This is the biggest log i have cut to date. I thought some people might enjoy these photos as i cut thru the log.
I operate a Old Mobile Dimension saw, with electric start and electric endstands. This wood is turning into interior panelling.
Here is the diameter of the log Almost 36"!
Here is the first pass( I cut 1x8s and 1x10s.)
Here is the result of the first pass (L to R 1x10, 1x8, 1x6, 1x4, off cuts for stickering the wood at home)
An important distinction: Permaculture is not the same kind of gardening as organic gardening.
Mediterranean climate hugel trenches, fabuluous clay soil high in nutrients, self-watering containers with hugel layers, keyhole composting with low hugel raised beds, thick Back to Eden Wood chips mulch (distinguished from Bark chips), using as many native plants as possible....all drought tolerant.
Location: Coastal Salish Sea area, British Columbia
Another day at the mill, today was with a 40" Douglas Fir butt. Quite a lot of the wood had pitch streaks thru it so i would say half of it was usable. This wood has started to rot a little bit so it has really nice colouring.
Non pitchy results
Close up of the wood
I didn't get a photo of all of the off cuts. Lots of this log went to the firewood pile :)
I think it's normally spelled peavie. A similar device is a cant hook.
And gosh is there ever a difference when using them. I had a peavey and then got a cant hook with very aggressive spikes on the end of the handle.. WAY better for rolling a log on a mill.
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