|The first log - and that stack to the right is the pile. We got to all but 5 of them. A good, tiring day at "work" but the rewards will be huge for years to come!|
That stack of logs you see to the left is our work for the day. We spent about 10 hours and managed to get 15 logs turned into lumber.
|One of the boards with nice heartwood - most of the boards looked like this.|
|The start of the stack.|
|What the stack looked like after 10 hours - with thunderstorms looming we shut down for the day - heavy rains started about 2 miles down the road.|
For those wondering about the biggest log - we didn't get to it today because we ran out or time and it was at the back of the pile. The below picture shows a standard 1/2 liter water bottle standing aside the end. It measures about 22" across. That will face the sawmill in the near future - we will probably be turning it into at least one slab that we can use for the "bar top" on the kitchen island.
The going rate for one of these portable sawmills here is between $40 and $45 per hour. Today we cut over 1000 board feet (and the smallest was 1 1/4 x 10 x 17' with only a few cut at 8' to maximize the usable wood). $400 for all this hickory that we'll be able to use in the house seems like a very good investment. That doesn't include kiln finishing or milling down but even at that, where can you get this kind of wood for that price? We're stoked!