Turning Your Logs into Lumber!
Step 1 - Timber!!!!
First we need to put the tree on the ground. The tree should be felled to get it close to a milling site and on as level ground as possible.
Care needs to be taken to drop the tree gently to avoid damaging the timber and its surroundings. As soon as a tree is cut, the ends should be sealed to slow the drying process.
We offer this service and are experienced and insured properly to do this work for you, however if you'd prefer to drop the tree yourself we're happy just to mill your logs.
Step 2 - Roll 'em up, Move 'em out!
Once the tree is on the ground, it needs to get prepped for milling. This includes cutting the logs to length, sealing endgrain, and moving the logs into position (a log deck). Having all the logs next to the mill on a level site will greatly increase milling efficiency.
The mill can be leapfrogged to individual logs if they cannot be moved, but we can move up to 7,000 lb logs with our fetching arch and gas powered capstan winch.
Logs should not be dragged through the dirt if they are headed for the mill because rocks and mud don't mix well with saws.
Step 3 - Transform those Logs!
Now we're ready for milling!
On milling day we'll set up our sawmill next to the log deck and then start cutting the dimensional lumber you specify.
To be most efficient, we like the lumber pile to be located near the milling site. We'll stack and sticker the boards in a nice neat pile on top of footings to keep it off the ground. Your boards will begin air drying and be ready to use in about a year.
At the end of the day we'll pack up the mill and clean the site before we leave.