Cutting Monster Slab Lumber
Associate Editor Matt Kenney and I recently took a field trip to Berkshire Products in Sheffield, Mass. This company specializes in boules, burls and slab lumber. In addition to the jaw-dropping wood found throughout several buildings, something else caught my eye. I’ve often wondered how sawyers get these monster logs onto a saw carriage for processing. The short answer is they don’t. They move the saw, not the log.
If you’re in the area and looking for something to do, I highly recommend a visit. I think you’ll find it worth the trip.
Burls and huge pieces of redwood are among the many interesting wood products at Berkshire Products in Sheffield, Mass.
I was especially taken by the wide pine. This piece was about 20 inches wide and 16 feet long.
This enormous chainsaw with two powerheads is how they process the raw logs into wide slabs. This rig can cut lumber more than 6-feet wide.
This improvised rack made from an extension ladder guides the chainsaw for more-accurate cuts. Notice the sawdust surrounding this walnut log.