We have a mill. We make logs into boards
Ok. Short history lesson: Throughout the ages, people have needed the ability to cut logs into boards.The earliest known mechanical mill was one in Rome, powered by water and dating back to the 3rd century AD. It soon spread across Europe through the 11th Century.
Until the 1800s, men would cut logs using a whipsaw. One man would stand on the log and the other man below him in a pit or under a support and they would work the saw back and forth, slowly cutting the log into boards.
When the Industrial Revolution hit in the 1800s, steam power allowed for much more mechanization. Mills were built on the side of rivers and scrap lumber was used to heat the boiler, allowing them to cut boards much faster and with more power than by hand.
These days, Sawmills are often computer generated and ginormous. The one that we used here at Woodland Inspirations is portable. It's a Wood-Mizer, originally bought in the 90s and has been working all the way up to today.
The Mill has robotic arms that hold onto the log and we rotate it, cutting the log flat along 4 sides and into a rectangular shape so the boards can be cut. We then, little by little, cut boards from the now rectangular log into boards.
We move around to whoever needs us to do it and can cut some pretty large logs and slabs. The portability of the mill is amazing and we have cut many a board on it.