New Hardwood slabs - Ash, Hickory, Elm, & 3 Walnut logs worth

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Project by TexPenn posted 09-02-2008 04:27 AM 10449 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some new slabs, & a rare peek into an Amish mill. They are not too keen on cameras. I believe this mill is all run on gasoline, they are not too keen on the power company either. All kids, none over 16 & one old crankey guy. They are nice enough though! LOL So ya there is red elm, thats the 12’ crotch log almost ready to be sawn in the picture & slabs from the same on top of the trailer. & also got a 8’ X 24” Ash, a 8’X 20” Hickory, the 12’X20” (+at the crotch end) & 3 Walnut logs worth – a 8’ X 18”, a 10’X 19” & a 12’ X up to 24”.
All live edge, with bark on most, but it is coming off this time of year. The walnut had stones in it they said & I had to buy them a blade. But they cut it all. You can see the in the first pic my log has the bark on it. the ones on deck are for regular lumber & have been run through a barker…. It totally thrashes the live edge to splinters…. but saves the blade from stones, & keeps crankey happy. The second pic is the Ash log, with the Hickory on deck. I have them all stacked, stickered, insecticided, & anchorsealed. Ready for production in spring of 09. Unless, I need some, then I might cut it to size & lean it up next to the woodstove. Cool nights in PA already. I would post more pics but i have never gotten it to work for me.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#1 posted 09-02-2008 04:36 AM

Great job. So are you buying a bandsaw blade of a circle blade?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-02-2008 04:40 AM

I have no Idea lol. They just charged me a extra $60 for a “new blade” They didnt break the blade, but said it was ruined. to get them to say 5 words is a miricle much less explain anything…. This guy is all business! LOL

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#3 posted 09-02-2008 04:51 AM

great job smuggling these pix out of Amish territory….lol….looks like you got some nice slices from them. Did you bring them the logs , or were you just there while they were sawing and picked out the pieces that you liked ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 09-02-2008 05:05 AM

They knew I shot the one of the ash log & all got out of the way. The other was shot from the hip, & incogneto. I bought the 3 walnut logs elsewhere & picked the other 3 out of their pile, bought them & had them cut them all.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#5 posted 09-02-2008 05:29 AM

Cool stuff Ted. I never thought of checking with the Amish for wood. I will have the give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 09-02-2008 12:46 PM

intesting lol, looks like a good job though!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 09-02-2008 03:18 PM

The Amish are a great resource. I have never seen them with a kiln though.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#8 posted 09-02-2008 05:08 PM

Thanks for the post – brought back some favorite memories of our visit to Lancaster Cty – didn’t see a mill though but we found the Amish very cordial including the furniture makers we visited.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#9 posted 09-03-2008 01:57 AM

I have gotten to know some of the Amish people who live near one of my hunting spots. They have a very large saw mill there and build semi loads of pallets. I agree with stanley2, that they are very cordial people. I always stop and see them when I am out there hunting. They love the donuts and candy bars I give them.I CRINGE every time I see them cutting logs! The main saw blade is as tall as I am and no guard on it. A guy stands next to it as he feeds the log into the blade by hand on a slide table. None of the machines or chain drives have guards on them. I ask them,” Have you ever heard of OSCA” and all they do is grin!

They also raise deer which is a great magnet for the bucks in the area. The place we hunt borders their land, Smile!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 09-03-2008 02:21 AM

Yes I agree they are VERY nice! I’m sure its me & my bark on logs that sets pappa smurf off. We have a pretty large Amish population here in Indiana & Jefferson counties, PA. There was one guy who would drink a few beers at our legion. He made so much money logging that he had a brand new ford pick up, his family didnt know about, that he hid in the woods. LOL he was a little corrupted, I guess! BTW….I cleaned up a slab of the Hickory cut it in 1/2 to make it shippable & have it listed on ebay. & will probably list some ash & elm in the next few days. I’m hanging on to the walnut though…. the price is way down & they are giving it away on ebay. If any of yall are interested I could probably come up with some kind of lumberjocks special! Let me know, Thanks, Ted.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#11 posted 09-03-2008 04:12 AM

sounds like a good experience.

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#12 posted 10-01-2008 06:28 PM

Awesome mill, little to cramped for me though but I cant mill when it rains. Those are beautful slabs of wood you drove away with.

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#13 posted 10-07-2010 03:35 AM

That is sure nice to be located close to an Amish saw mill. I bought some quarter sawn white oak lumber from the Amish lumberyard in Shipshewana ,Indiana and it was some beautiful wood. They know how to cut wood alright!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 02-21-2011 10:52 PM

Am looking to but some logs for a project , I want Ask and D. fir pls can any one help me?

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