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A Modelgenic Old Time Sawmill

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A month ago when myself and several other MLSers went in search of eastern narrow gauge steam, we visited the Cradle of Forestry near Asheville NC. This museum showing the development of forestry technology is funded by an endowment from the Vanderbilts.

During our walk through the forest surrounding the museum we came across a small "portable" sawmill that would make a great model. I did not measure or draw it but if anyone lives in western NC and goes to visit, maybe they could fill some blanks in that regard. We did take photos however, and here are some shots courtesy of Bruce Chandler, Ric Golding and Gaetan Charette.

The mill is powered by a steam tractor ...

The mill itself is complete but very small on a scale that modellers can cope with

The view of the runoffs where boards were stacked gives another perspective

Inside the mill, some details of the log carriage, the drive of the blade and the log carriage

Beside the mill under the eaves was a shingle cutter (we think!)

And the piece de resistance, behind the mill was what appears to be the prototype of the B'mann Climax!

This mill would make a fine model though it would be a challenge to build. the fact that it exists and is accessible for photos and measuring should make it easier.

Regards ... Doug
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There is a small working steam mill about an hour and one half east and south of here. Fixed boiler and equipment, but similar in construction but a bit bigger. The owners fire it a couple times a year.
Interesting pizza order. Yes, there are portable units used, trailer mounted, and in lieu of steam, a diesel motor is often found.

I have seen a few "portables" where later a roof is built.

I have photos of the steam mill at work, I need to remember to post them here.....
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