The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Great Designs in Wood (68) - The Wind Powered Sawmill

One of my favorite YouTubers, Wranglerstar, shares this video of an ingenious design to harness the wind for sawing lumber, from Holland, naturally. It's not the fastest way to produce lumber, but you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a way that is more energy-efficient.


Just goes to show how creative we can be when we have all the modern conveniences taken from us. Makes you think that yes, just possibly, we were all smarter a couple of hundred years ago when we weren't sharing our thinking with a pocket-sized electronic device.

3 comments:

Jeff Wartluft said...

Very interesting Chuck. I wonder what range of horse powers are generated by this large windmill?

Ivan S said...

It is really ecological sawmill. I will use this information for my lesson in wood science and ecological forest management.

Henry Wischusen III said...

Fantastic