Sawyer and Antique Sawmill Reunited

A century-old Aultman and Taylor sawmill once owned by the Ross family is still going strong at an Illinois show.

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John Ross aligns a log so it can be locked into place for the first cut, which will remove bark from one side while making a square cut. Once the log is in place and secured, the load is lighter. “Playing with the stick ain’t much work,” John says, referring to the large lever that puts the log into place before it moves into the blade and back.