If I recall correctly, last year I only cut two or three beams on the sawmill. I didn't have any big projects in mind, but did have some large logs on the skidway. One of the largest was a huge birch that had blown down previously, and Grandpa helped me to portion it off and bring it in. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I knew it had some good board feet in it. I cut it into two large eight by eight beams. Kenny offered to help move one of the beams, and immediately pinched the tip of his finger badly and that really killed my interest in doing any more unneeded cutting for the season.
This past summer Donna and I made loose plans to build a new sauna. With that in mind, I cut up a stack of true two by four beams in twelve and eight foot lengths. Once they were on my drying rack, I realized that I didn't really have too many future projects in mind again. This coincided with good friends of our family talking about their own desire to own a mill to help them construct a barn in the near future (they have quite a menagerie already - and are open to expanding it).
A handshake arrangement was made (after consulting Donna), and Thanksgiving weekend was arranged as the best opportunity to get it dismantled and moved to its new home.
Several times during this process, the phrase "highest, best use" came to mind - not just for the mill, but also for things like my time and attention. It's a principle I can only attest to know about and occasionally strive for, not something I claim to have mastered.
|First part of any job - forming an overall plan of action.|
|Picking the low-hanging fruit to boost our confidence. Removing one bed section.|
|Down to just the very heavy mast - time to bring in the big guns (both mental AND physical!)|
|A little grunting and groaning to get started. Note the powerhouse framed by the mast!|
|It felt easier to move laying flat.|
|I asked for this picture NOT to be taken.|
|This slope seemed to get steeper once we were carrying the mast.|
|Ahh, sweet relief!|
|The beams are required to lay the track on.|
|Everything all banded up, and the family finally rounded up and buckled in!|
|Kenny found a tree - maybe Christmas material?|
|Bonus Blue Jay who had been visiting us.|