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We Saw Logs

January 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Sawing Logs

Many people when they look at a fallen tree see a big mess. I see LUMBER and that was part of the reason I purchased a portable sawmill and started the business, Sawmill on Wheels. With SOW, as we affectionately call it, we are able to serve a wide area in and around Rockwood. Customers are welcome to bring their logs to us for milling, but for the folks who don’t have the equipment to load and haul logs we have the capability to take the mill to them. Treecycling just makes sense; it keeps the tree from rotting in place or ending up in a landfill and it provides custom cut lumber that the customer can put to use in many ways.
Child’s playhouse
Barn beams
Wood for high quality furniture
Floor boards
Garden furniture

Wood MizerLT40

Wood Mizer ready to turn a log into lumber

Custom Bars
Live edge counter tops and islands
Live edge bench’s
Woodworkers lumber

Saving The Ash Wood From The Emerald Ash Borer And The Landfill Sites

January 14, 2015 Leave a comment

The cities in Ontario are cutting hunderds of thousands of Ash trees, and alot of them are going into our landfill. I know from experience that the charge for dropping off wood at the dump to the public and contractors is expensive.

Ash Is a nice wood to work with and the finished pruduct looks great. To me the grain in Ash looks alot like Oak.

We can be useing this wood for real wood plank style flooring and furniture.

Local schools would also benifit with some free ash wood for there woodworking students. This could also give students summer employment helping mobile sawmill opperators like myself. I know Sheridan college has a great woodworking program and this could help the college, the teachers and most of all, the students.

The EAB is not interested in the real wood inside the Ash tree, they just boar through the bark and kill the tree . The wood is not damaged unless the tree ends up on the ground and left to rot or taken to the landfill site.

What a shame.

Logs for free firewood and lumber.

Sawmill on Wheels helps to keep logs out of our landfill.

emerald ash borer in adult stage

Adult emerald ash borer

The Emerald Ash Borer attacks both healthy and stressed Ash trees. EAB larvae eats the softwood under the tree’s bark, preventing the tree from moving water and nutrients from its roots its leaves, and then killing the Ash tree within one to five years. These Ash trees in our area can be made into hardwood lumber. The Ash Borer keeps out of the real wood, or the good wood of the tree. All the damage that I have seen is just under the bark. When these Ash trees get milled on our mobile sawmill the lumber turns out perfect. If you have dead or dying ash trees on your property why not turn them into great useful lumber. Ash is a hard wood like Maple or Oak and can be made into fine furniture or even a garden shed. As a woodworker myself I find Ash a nice wood to work with. Pine, Cedar, Spruce and Fir are used most for outdoor and indoor building projects but you can also use Ash.

a slab of ash wood

Thick slab of ash with live edge

Under the Bark

January 13, 2015 1 comment
What's under the bark?

What’s under the bark?

Do you ever look at a tree and wonder what the wood underneath looks like? In our region we have a wide variety of trees like Black Walnut, Maple and Ash. Sometimes one of these beauties is blown down or dies and in most cases they can be milled into valuable lumber. Using the portable sawmill we can take the mill to the customer, cut the wood and leave them with custom milled lumber for whatever wood project they have in mind.

Trees are a valuable resource that provide scenic beauty, shade, homes for birds and wildlife and at the end of their life they provide the opportunity for us to create, craft, and build.

What’s under the bark? It could be a house, a shed or a lovely hutch, a rustic bench for the garden, boards for a new floor, or even a keepsake cradle for a new baby. The potential is endless. We can even make custom cuts  that aren’t available at the lumber yards to make the project you have in mind simpler.

Lovely live edge walnut slabs

Lovely live edge walnut slabs

Wood water wheel in Eden Mills, Ontario

March 23, 2012 3 comments

Wood water wheel in Eden Mills, Ontario

This wood water wheel is not too far from where I live (Rockwood)
I drive by it from time to time, so I thought it would make a good picture.
It was take with my Nikon D90 with a 18-105 lens.

Wood shed with the red roof

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Wood shed with the red roof

The wooden barn board shed is still standing with a newer roof

Build A Bluebird House

March 15, 2012 1 comment

finished bluebird house and barnBuilding a bluebird house is not difficult and you can use scrap lumber which makes it an inexpensive project as well. I have built these blue bird houses for many years and this style seems to work the best. You will need a few basic materials and tools to get underway.

3/4″ thick pine boards
Wood Glue
Nails – 1 1/4″
Screws – 1 1/2″ and 3″
Hammer, miter saw, drill
Sandpaper,  paint and paint brush

Once you have everything gathered up you’re ready to begin this fun and rewarding project. Read more…

Blue Bird Houses – Spring Cleaning

March 11, 2012 1 comment

Bluebird House

It’s close to spring so time to make sure the blue bird houses are ready for our returning birds.

I have lots of bird houses around the place and have had good luck with this style house for the bluebirds – I also have a red one that they seem to like more for some reason.

If you look at the bottom you will see the trap door where I clean the house out.  Clean houses are more attractive to the bluebirds searching for nesting areas.  Read more…