Thursday, August 19, 2010

Here is a lil building Robin and I built a couple years ago, to replace our old log cabin shed.
This is our Laundry room, which has storage also and host a loft at one end, also for storage.
It is built entirely of Southern Yellow Pine which the logs were obtained from within a 10 mile radius.
I would love to have a lil cottage like this perhaps a bit larger with a wrap around pourch in a more remote country setting.

Friday, June 25, 2010

O.K. With milling logs, the main goal is to have the logs cut to about the length of the lumber you want to get out of the log. So if you want the yield of lumber to be about 12' long, and your log is 13' 6" it should be cut to the 12' length. Leaving it longer is a waist of saw blade and a waist of time. With all of that said, what do you do with the short log cut off.

You turn it into a Swedish Candle. Here is a photo where I am showing the customer the technique of making a Swedish candle, with a chainsaw. A series of cuts are made thru the log to about 2" from the bottom, basically I'm cutting and splitting it like a pie, but I'm not going thru.

Last after the pie cuts are made, I take the tip of the chainsaw bar and right in the center, make several plunge cuts, this keeps the lighter fluid from spilling out.

Take your favorite lighter fluid, pour right in the center, and it will begin burning from the center out, and can burn for 2 hours easily.

Friday, January 29, 2010


Here we are on a site loading up several lengths of a large pine, from 12' - 16'
The trailer is basically a car carrier, that I have fabricated my own crane with a winch motor to do the lifting, I have been using this technique for several years now with good success.