Timber we all use it, so how do we get it? All but gone are our localized sawmills with which we could access sawn timber for construction with a reasonably low footprint. So it’s time we started to look at our timber/lumber security.
Darren Doherty, and great courses like the master tree growers and their excellent work with broad scale farm forestry, covers the regenerative side of forestry for timber use which we use in our homes and our lives in most of the world. Our ability to access building timber in an ethical way is no different from our food.
What I’d like to highlight are portable sawmills, because otherwise we only have industrial sawmills and industrial forestry. In the space of 30 years I’ve seen six or more local hardwood sawmills close in just my area of Tumut NSW, Australia alone! Now what small saw logs come out of the forest are sent on an 8-hour drive to be cut into timber and then sent who knows where.
So bring on the portable sawmills. Totally portable, some are even carried into the forest, sometimes just for a single tree, before carrying the mill and timber back out of the forest. No roads, no heavy machines, no log trucks, and no need for industrial scale sawmills.
It is a great feeling to take a raw product and turn it into a usable product on site, for furniture, bench tops, window frames for straw bale constructions, etc.
I’m truly passionate about portable sawmills because of the minimum footprint we need to produce our own timber. If you want to learn about portable sawmills check out the next portable sawmill course at Edenfarms, Taree.