Monday, June 23, 2008

Logs to Lumber: Old School, Part 1

As part of the Agriculture Power Systems course, students experienced firsthand the process of felling and bucking trees using the technology of the late 19th century--the crosscut saw and the single bit axe. Early settlers to the region were faced with the challenge of clearing land for agricultural purposes, procuring construction material for the home, and income. In this segment of the course, students gained an understanding of the hard work required to successfully fell a tree in the desired direction and then buck the stem into useable lengths. Tomorrow, students will harness the horses and twitch the logs to the sawmill where we will turn our logs into lumber.

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