Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Building a Sawmill
So, job one was clearing some land for both the yurts, and the sawmill. At first we divided our time between the two, but once the yurts were generally layed out, it was time to focus on the centre of our endeavour - the sawmill. After clearing off a suitable area, we purchased two, twelve foot long 6x6 beams from another local sawyer. It was a real challenge for Grandpa's little MTD tractor and wagon to haul them through the bush, but, with me lifting the end so that he could gain the more than occasional traction, we managed to see it through.
With the beams in place, we roughly assembled the tracks, and waited for things to settle. After a day of rain, we came back to shim and level things.
My final chores today were to try to level out the trail in some places. Every little dip and twist on the trail now has me second guessing how stable the tractor is - I know, people mow lawns on tremendous angles with them, but I am still finding my comfort level.
Well, we're still making progress, I'll try to keep you updated.