Friday, January 21, 2011





I'm fortunate to have a good sawmill near my shop., operated by Kodama father and son. They keep their saw in great operating condition, and will take the time to saw a log any way I like. After years of operating my own chainsaw mill, relying now on this faster operation is the way I usually prefer to go. Less loss of material this way as well. Mrs. Kodama makes a great tea, which gives a good relaxing break from the cutting.

3 comments:

Dan McCallum said...

Love the big bandsaw with the wide blade. Made by the Chuokogyokikaiseisakusho company - now that's a mouthful! Looks like it has some age on it too. Very sweet. Nice to see all the tools hanging on the wall behind too.

The log you are cutting only uses about half of the bandmill's capacity? Max capacity is about 3 feet? That's a nice size. Probably don't see many domestic logs that size in Japan though?

Wondering what the logs is, maybe ash, and how you dry it?

Cheers, Dan.

djy said...

Thanks, Dan, I'm grateful to get the positive feedback about the blog.

Good call on the bandmill capacity, about one meter is the max width they can cut. That particular log is the local species of Chestnut, which is quite plentiful in my area. Actually, if you are looking for them, there are still quite a number of large logs that come up in various species. Our treasured Zelkova gets huge, and the Cedars, if one is wanting a soft wood......some others that for some reason have been left alone over the years. Finding a large clear log without defects often adds some degrees of difficulty, as you know. The auction yard is one source, and I do some tree removal work myself. It's unfortunate to sometimes remove a large healthy tree, but they do get towering and dangerous to structures and people below. At least the wood can often find a use other than firewood.

You have me thinking of some specific tree stories and photos that I'd like to publish.

djy said...

That particular log is the local species of Chestnut. Fortunately, to my knowledge the devastating 'Chestnut Blight' has not found it's way over here, the tree grows abundantly.