The recently posted video of old time lumbering reminded me of this
video I made a couple weeks ago at Batsto, of the water-powered
sawmill of 1882. I forgot to let the group know about this video.
It's only a minute and a half, but it shows a lot. First the guy
cuts a board off a big timber, using the main saw. Then he goes to
the right side of the building, a little to the back, to the shingle
machine, where there is a previously cut block of wood, which he cut
a few shingles from. Meanwhile the machine I got close to with the
camera, on the right, that's the planer, which he didn't demonstrate
The water turbine was replaced a few years ago, and the water
raceway under the building was dredged of silt and so on, and then
lined with wood. The water comes from the dam at the lake. Although
the dam has been replaced once or twice over the years, the lake
dates to the mid 18th century.
Oh, and I believe he was cutting Pitch Pine, if memory serves.
Anyway, hope you find this at least a little interesting. Don't
forget to read the description on the right side of the page.