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Hull-Oakes Lumber Steam-Powered Sawmill

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Hull-Oakes Lumber Co. / Photo by Gary M. Katz 

Hull-Oakes Lumber Co. near Corvallis, Ore., operates the last industrial steam-powered sawmill in the country. Built in 1938 by Ralph Hull, this sawmill is one of the few capable of cutting the large timbers still used for railroad trestles, historic structures and ship masts. Carpenter Gary M. Katz visited the operation and wrote a fascinating blog about his visit that you should definitely check out.  

Here’s a video of the Hull-Oakes headsaw in action followed by a few links to Gas Engine Magazine articles related to steam-powered sawmills:

 

Read more articles related to steam-powered sawmills from Gas Engine Magazine:
Rescuing an Old Sawmill
• Recreating Up-and-Down Sawmill History
• The History of the Linn Mfg. Co.