SAWING THE LOGS

     The next challenge was to turn the 31 white ash trees we had cut down, plus a few other poplar, cherry, and butternut logs, a total of about 70 logs,  into 47 timbers, some as large as 7" by 7" by almost 20 feet, in addition to some 30 plus braces and a variety of boards for flooring and wall paneling for the new shop.  I was able to hire a man with a portable Wood-mizer band saw mill to set up next to my pile of logs and over the next few days over 5000 feet of timbers and boards was produced, in addition to piles of slabs and sawdust. 
     The next step was to stack, sticker, [that is to stack with spacers for air movement], and cover all of it until we were ready to start building. 
     Some pictures of the sawing and the lumber piles.

A nice log on the mill ready to saw.  

A nice log on the mill ready to saw.

 

The first cut

The first cut

Two sides squared up.

Two sides squared up.

A 7x7 timber ready for the pile

A 7x7 timber ready for the pile

The timber pile under cover

The timber pile under cover

My grandson Elliot working to remove a little wane [bark] Looks like he inherited the "Probst" tongue.

My grandson Elliot working to remove a little wane [bark] Looks like he inherited the "Probst" tongue.