Thursday, April 19, 2012

Big Creek Sawmill Tour, Davenport, CA.

Debbie had worked for lumber companies for most of her career, 13 years at Handy City and nearly 24 years at Tibbett's Lumber.  Debbie also had a short stints with William's Brothers and Double Branch Lumber before retiring.  Although she learned just about every phase of the lumber business, she never had the opportunity to see a sawmill in action.  Well, I found a sawmill in Davenport, California that would give us a tour.  This event really made her day. (you can tell by the look on her face in the first photo)  We had a tour at Big Creek Lumber, with Kristin Lovett.  Big Creek only works with coastal redwood.

Smiling Debbie at Big Creek Lumber
Debbie and Kristin
Bringing in the redwood logs
The redwood heads to the giant band saw
Cutting out the bad spots and cutting the rest to size
Sorting lumber and directing the wood outside
Sorting lumber by size and grade
More sorting
Moving the sorted lumber
The big blades get sharpened and changed every 4-5 hours
Debbie-Manny-Kristen (Manny gave Debbie a dvd about sharpening blades)
Big Creek Lumber overlooks the Pacific Ocean, what a view!

1 comment:

  1. Debbie and Vince, so glad you enjoyed your tour. Wishing you all the best on your contiuned adventure! If you wander back this way, stop by and say hello, Take Care,

    -Kristin Lovett
    Big Creek Lumber Co.