Got Wood?

OK, Sure. Wood comes from trees...     But that's the short version...

Nice Log; now what?
A 66" long Peavey; sometimes called a Cant Hook (usually implies a shorter model). This is an invaluable tool for moving large logs and turning timbers.
If you aren't bringing the sawmill to the log then you'll need to move the log to the mill. This is usually accomplished by lifting the leading edge of the log (or placing it on a skid) and dragging it out with a log skidder, pair of oxen or in our case the GtLS. By putting the leading edge of the log on a rolling frame we are able to move significantly heavy logs with just a 12hp. garden tractor.
This is the Logosol M7 portable sawmill, it's a lightweight (aircraft aluminium) highly adaptable design that has proven to be both precise and accurate, with the fexability to produce specialty cuts. This is the standard (16 foot) M7 with a gas chainsaw as the powerhead; there are several electric powered options including 3 different chainsaws, a bandsaw, and a new log house moulder.

Other tools for handling logs include the log spinner (top), a unique compact double cant hook that rolls logs up ramps and turns them on the mill. The pickeroon is a portable handle for logs, imbed it in one end of the log and you can lift, drag or rotate. Very handy for smaller logs.
Here is another fine Logosol product, the Timberjig. It's an invaluable tool when faced with a large log that is either too short or too heavy for the M7. On the linked page you can see the Timberjig cutting a scarf joint for the sill structure of our house.
Making Sawdust... A couple pictures of the mill in action.
The OGD Lumber Transporter
Proper stacking and drying of dimensional lumber is the key to maintaining it's shape, structure and appearance.

That covers some basics of producing dimensional lumber, but you may be wondering about the really huge timbers stacked in the field.
   I made them the other way; with a telephone and a check book.
Those timbers, some of which are significantly longer than my mill, will be combined with specialty cut pieces I'm producing to become the frame of the office and addition. Were I to mill all the timbers myself I'd be paying an engineer to "grade" them; in Connecticut it takes an engineering degree to accomplish this task (we have very complex trees). We aren't exactly known for our logging industry here so there's no great push for a timber grader certification program.

  No matter how they get there once you've got large timbers at a moderate distance from where you will be using them you'll need a way to move them. Preferably a method that doesn't involve dragging them through the dirt, as some of these timbers are over 20 feet long the bed of a pickup is out of the question. Our solution is the GtTTV.
Which brings us to Timber Framing.

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