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.
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.
The first bite of frost brings a frenzy of activity.
Some observations after demonstrating the Norwood sawmills in Pennsylvania and Kansas.
Substitute teaching can be a pretty good gig, if you have the patience and discipline.
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.
Stormy weather, wildlife and observations about trees.
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.
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.
Using portable sawmill and basic timber frame techniques to build a utility shed.
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
Observations and reminiscences of the 2012 MEN fair in Seven Springs, PA.
Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.
A break from usual blogs to share the celebration of my daughter's wedding.
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities
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.
Regeneration of trees on a harvested area give hope for generations to come.
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
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
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
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.
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.
A first blog by sawmiller & long-time homesteader Dave Boyt. A little of my past history, and how I'm using my sawmill.