I picked up a great looking walnut log today. The widest place was over 29” at the crotch and it just fit my TimberKing 1220 sawmill. I had to cut the limbs slightly shorter so I could slice it into flitches.
I don’t have a bobcat or a backhoe to load logs… so, I had to wrestle them on the trailer. One item I did get to help load logs was a 3000 lb electric winch. Only one problem with it today. The battery was discharged! I had to use my back up plan. A manual winch. I used two 4” X 5” maple beams as loading ramps. The Y shaped crotch of walnut wouldn’t roll up the ramps so I wrapped a line from the trailer, under the log, and over the top. A few hand cranks with the manual winch and the log was loaded! I rolled the smaller logs up the ramp using a cant hook.
I’ve only got a single axel trailer, so I limited my load to 3 logs, 12” long.
Look at the grain in this board! I love opening a log, it’s like digging for buried treasure! Some logs have rotten centers or metal in them. This one was clean! After all it costs a new blade anytime there is a problem with the sawmill.
The black walnut in the log, looks great. Here’s a photo where the wood is still wet after sawing. Look close and the grain almost moves like wind through a wheat field.
Another closeup so you can see just how beautiful this log is and how wide the plank is:
One more photo showing the next log in the stack. I keep the flitch stacked and stickered so that later when the wood is dry, I can use the lumber to make custom gunstocks.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com