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Blog entry by BigRedKnothead posted 10-03-2013 01:47 PM 2632 reads 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Move to my site here: http://www.westfallwoodcraft.com/2015/04/tour-of-rural-iowa-sawmill.html

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer



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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 10-03-2013 01:52 PM

Wish I was a little closer, looks like a great place to shop and visit. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 01:55 PM

Man, I’d kill to have a sawmill like that close to where I live. Heck, I’d make the trip just to see that big saw work!

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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wpreman

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#3 posted 10-03-2013 02:06 PM

I hope he has someone in the family that will keep it going! Thanks for sharing

-- Bill, Florida

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#4 posted 10-03-2013 02:08 PM

Thanks for sharing

I never cease to be amazed at the clutter in many of the old time saw mills. Wonder how they can walk around without tripping over stuff and falling down.

-- Joe

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#5 posted 10-03-2013 02:31 PM

Friggin’ awesome!! Thanks BRK.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 10-03-2013 02:46 PM

There was/is one about 2 miles from me that is similar except they only did custom sawing. It wasn’t even run by pto, it was run by a wide belt off a tractor. Most of the lumber in my house was sawn from that mill. They don’t do much work anymore. Its to bad.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 10-03-2013 03:30 PM

What a fantastic place to buy your timber from. It must be hard to say no more!! Thanks for sharing.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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BigRedKnothead

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#8 posted 10-03-2013 04:02 PM

I figured I wasn’t the only one who would think that place is cool.

I don’t know if any of Paul’s sons intend to keep the place going. To be honest, since Paul is getting up there in years, I worry about it. If we lost him, I would weep for days….for the loss of the man and the lumber.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#9 posted 10-03-2013 04:16 PM

Nice tour, thanks.
My local sawyer is also a beekeeper. You have to back your trailer 12 inches from the row of bee hives.
I went looking for a new source of lumber and the next guy was a beekeeper too!
I can’t stay away from the bees.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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ddockstader

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#10 posted 10-03-2013 04:29 PM

You don’t say where in Iowa. I may be up for a road trip. Can you give us some directions?

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BigRedKnothead

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#11 posted 10-03-2013 05:18 PM

It’s near Council Bluffs, where I live. I didn’t post his business info because Paul asked me not to.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#12 posted 10-03-2013 06:03 PM

Thanks for taking the time to show others a virtual tour of this mill. I love this stuff!
You are fortunate to have this resource.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#13 posted 10-03-2013 10:00 PM

thanks for sharing,thats a great sawmill.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#14 posted 10-03-2013 10:36 PM

Very very cool. Great tour big red.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 10-04-2013 12:44 AM

That is so cool! He has sawed a mountain of lumber with that old tractor. Thanks for the tour!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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