Watching shows about Alaska makes me realize how much of a wimp I am. Life looks rougher and a bunch colder there than where I live, but I’m fascinated by some of their tools. And the custom-built V8 sawmill I saw on Alaska: The Last Frontier was pretty damn sweet.
For most of us, wood is store-bought and arrives in pallets or ready-made sheets. For these, folks if you want lumber you cut your own, starting with the tree. Then you roll/transport it to the sawmill and use a badass blade powered by a 4-stroke truck motor on homespun scaffolding to cut it. It’s back breaking labor, a pain to set up, and even harder to run, but you can make it happen.
This concept is very appealing to me. The sheer creativity and power of it is alluring. The reality is they have this setup because there’s no other way to get it done and every time they engage in the woodcutting process the entire enterprise is fraught with difficulty and less-than-happy conditions. Our hat is off to the guys who are getting this done. Also, props on the sweet chicken coop they built in this episode.
Alaska: The Last Frontier [Discovery Channel]