Family Traditions: Restoring a Portable Sawmill

Fifth generation sawmill tradition still going strong.

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Above: Using his left hand, Donnie releases a wooden lever to unlock the mechanism and drop it away from the saw’s blade, bringing the carriage forward, and then toward the blade to reverse the carriage, setting it up to cut the next board. After each successive forward-and-backward run, he ratchets the log toward him with a lever on the opposite side of the log, cutting lumber into particular widths.