Making Lumber

After having taken my sawmill apart to paint it, I wanted to make sure everything went back together correctly and is still calibrated. I saved this offcut from a log I cut about a year ago so I would be able to make a wide test cut to verify the saw still cuts consistently.
This time we'll install the motor that will drive the sawhead lift and complete the sprocket installation that will route the chain from one lifting column to the other.
I got a call about a walnut tree that was coming down and this was a really fun outing.  The loading was just a bit challenging which made it more interesting than just driving up to a pile of logs.  You know how I love a good adventure!
Cutting big and small cookies from logs on my bandsaw mill, testing a few drying scenarios, and taking a look at the results one year later.
This log was slightly too big for my chainsaw mill back in the day but before I got around to cutting it with the larger chainsaw mill, I started building my bandsaw mill. I really wasn't sure what would be in this log but I figured there would at least be a few areas of curl and spalting. Looks like this log produced some really interesting pieces of wood so I'll be set on small pieces of figured maple for a while.
I frequently get questions regarding the dimensions and construction of my loading arch.  I've put together this page to illustrate the details of the arch for reference.
I picked up this silver maple log from a backyard in Robbinsdale, MN. This log has two crotches and from the outside looks to have a lot of figure within it. There is plenty of undulation visible on the outside and the large crotches looks to have produced a lot of compression figure. The log is 4’ wide at the butt and the crotch splays to 5’ wide. Overall length is just over 6’.
I needed to set up the foundation for the slabs that will be sawn from the silver maple log that I picked up in my urban logging video and I've received many questions on drying outdoors and setting up the stack bases. So I'm answering questions on my outdoor stacks while demonstrating how I set up the foundations for the stacks.
Last spring, I saw a firewood posting on craigslist for some really large logs. The trees were removed as part of a street widening project. I was able to get 5 of them starting from the smallest. The biggest logs I was unable to get due to their size. This crotch section was just one part of a much larger silver maple tree. This was the last log that I picked up and is now the last log from the group to go onto the mill.