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    The other side of the sawmill

    I forgot I had this on my website, but for those of you that are interested, I put together a couple of webpages with pictures and descriptions of the machines that loggers use to get wood out of the woods.

    At the same time I have a list of woodworking and logging terminology that I thought people should know. Some stuff you might already know, but some of it might be interesting and informative for you. I tried to use fairly big pictures and describe stuff accurately but briefly. In any case here are some links you might like:

    Logging Machinery:

    Sawmilling Definitions:

    Logging Definitions:

    Sawmill Types:
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Travis, under sawmill types, you need to add swing mills
    http://www.petersonsawmills.com/

    Bunting is a new term to me, we always called it skidding

    Heres one for your equipment page.
    A different take on your atv skidding with a log arch
    Thats a Logrite arch behind Wades cub. We got to test it for a few a days. We pulled some pretty good sized cherrys out of the woods with it with little effort

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    Travis, thanks for posting this stuff, a very interesting read and or look at some stuff most of us would otherwise never see.

    Thanks!
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    You're building up quite a site there Travis. Thanks for the links.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    You're building up quite a site there Travis. Thanks for the links.
    I've had this website for years. Its not the best name I know. When I decided to get a website started I kept getting "name taken" answers to every name I tried to plug in. So finally I typed in my job title, a railroad machinist at the time and it went. That is what I used, but it is too tough to try and change the name of the website now.

    Its getting up there on pages though. Half the time I forget web pages are on there, like these. I just forgot I had them on there. In any case, glad you liked them.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Mickley View Post
    Travis, under sawmill types, you need to add swing mills
    http://www.petersonsawmills.com/

    Bunting is a new term to me, we always called it skidding

    Heres one for your equipment page.
    A different take on your atv skidding with a log arch
    Thats a Logrite arch behind Wades cub. We got to test it for a few a days. We pulled some pretty good sized cherrys out of the woods with it with little effort
    I guess I did not explain myself very good. Skidding is what we would call yarding. Bunting is just running your chainsaw over the logs to cut off any bumps, missed limbs, crotches or the like. Have you ever seen some of these logs on trucks now? They look like porcupines headed to the log yard.

    I try to get my logs as smooth and round as possible. I cannot say that it gives you x amount of dollars more on the scale, but I think the scaler appreciates a nice looking log and tends to scale on the upper side of things. Either way its just a matter of pride. I try to have nice clean log yards, nice straight, even piles of wood, and keep everything picked up like burning any ends and limbs that gets brought out to the yard.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    I actually saw a swingmill in operation at the Baltimore woodworking show. Very cool... drew a big crowd. The guy was selling cherry and walnut boards he cut on the spot. Show special: $1 a board foot. Of course, I didn't have my truck with me...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Very interesting, thanks for posting.
    But, I fear, you left out one of the best log haulers ever.
    BTW, ask Jim King how his wood is hauled out of the forest.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis S Johnson View Post
    I guess I did not explain myself very good.
    OR I didn't read very good
    I love it when I get nice smooth round logs OF course when I don't I just look in the mirror and cuss the culprit So in that case bunting would be what we call limbing.

    Bill
    I got to see a peterson demoed at Sawlex in Niles Ohio a couple years ago. I t was pretty cool the way they just whittled a log down to nothing

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