Sycamore Sawmill in Operation
My previous post documented the felling of a 150 year old Sycamore tree near the historic log farmhouse whose reconstruction progress I have followed for over a year. I revisited the farm yesterday when I heard distinct sawing sounds echoing through the valley, and found the old sawmill in operation, actually cutting boards from that old tree. At the controls was the same gentleman who had been rebuilding the house, along with his wife. One of the giant logs was positioned on the mill’s moving carriage, and the two were working in unison, drawing the log back and forth, sawing the log into usable lumber. It was fascinating to watch how methodically they handled the entire operation.
As the bark was first trimmed, and the log was halved, then quartered, then cut into 6″ X 6″ beams, I gained a new respect with what they were doing together. I was still disappointed that they had chosen the largest, oldest, Sycamore in the woods, but I appreciated the fact that they were using such an amazing machine to make the raw materials that were used in the farmhouse, and would most likely go to market to pay for the construction.
I asked their permission to record the operation, and they seemed excited that I would take an interest into what they were doing. Here is a short 90 second video that shows the sawmill in operation. Be sure to notice the beautiful grain revealed when the log is first trimmed. I will return today to retrieve a large plank that was discarded during the operation. This wood is too valuable to waste, and will make a beautiful accent piece when refinished in an artistic way. It will also be the perfect way to honor that special tree that stood in the valley for so many years.