Dave Boyt





8/20/2013
Substitute teaching can be a pretty good gig, if you have the patience and discipline.
11/18/2013
The first bite of frost brings a frenzy of activity.
10/21/2013
Some observations after demonstrating the Norwood sawmills in Pennsylvania and Kansas.
7/18/2013
After discovering a family of wrens in his sawmill, Dave Boyt decides to take a break from sawmilling and make some necessary repairs to his antique tractor.
3/14/2014
Sawing oversized sycamore logs with my Norwood portable sawmill was a huge job, but yielded a lot of great lumber, and salvaged the logs instead of dozing them into a pile and burning them.
5/14/2013
It is a busy time for planting here. Not tomatoes, peppers, or squash, though. We got in our order of trees from the Missouri Conservation Dept. last week. In the past, we had planted mostly walnut, but we have a good enough supply of our own walnut seedlings that we are focusing on native trees that could use a boost to restore the forest to what it once was. So we are planting pecan on the bottom areas, shortleaf pine on ridge tops where the soil is poor, and burr oak on the better upland areas.
2/7/2014
Use materials at hand—stumps, logs, railroad ties, and sawmill slabs—to build a firewood log deck that takes the effort out of lifting the logs, and holds them at a convenient height for splitting.
8/28/2012
A break from usual blogs to share the celebration of my daughter's wedding.
6/4/2013
Stormy weather, wildlife and observations about trees.
5/8/2012
Salvaging logs is always a challenge-- but finding buried treasure in it always makes it worthwhile. This salvage job came after the land had been cleared by the owner, and the best lumber pick over buy a logger.
2/22/2013
Hedge (a.k.a. Osage orange, a.k.a. Bodark, a.k.a. horseapple) is a thorny problem, but also a remarkable resource, if you have the means to use it.
12/12/2011
A first blog by sawmiller & long-time homesteader Dave Boyt. A little of my past history, and how I'm using my sawmill.
12/30/2011
Working with a sawyer to cut custom lumber for your projects can be a great experience. Here are a few tips to make it even better.
9/17/2012
Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.
10/15/2012
Observations and reminiscences of the 2012 MEN fair in Seven Springs, PA.
2/3/2012
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
6/20/2012
With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities
8/4/2012
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
2/29/2012
A few thoughts about the activities here in southwest Missouri this spring, including plans for a garden, thinning and pruning trees, and salvaging urban logs
4/24/2012
Regeneration of trees on a harvested area give hope for generations to come.
5/10/2012
There are various means for developing an edible landscape.
1/23/2012
This is a brief description of how to stack lumber so that it dries evenly after sawing. Also description of a chain saw dovetail bench.
3/22/2012
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
11/2/2012
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
11/21/2012
Using portable sawmill and basic timber frame techniques to build a utility shed.




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