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Island Sawing
« on: August 08, 2019, 01:58:48 PM »
I was contacted a month ago to se if I was interested in sawing on an island. I asked for a consulting fee to come look at what they had to saw. The money was etransfered right away. I met with the owner of the island and we boated to the island. He has about 10,000 bd ft of RO, Maple, Hemlock, and Bass Wood
His barge is capable of carrying 100 tons, a full size dump truck can be carried. 
We went back and forth on the price and came up with fees that are reasonable to both of us.
I am paid hourly from my home and back every day I am sawing. A travel hourly rate and then my sawing rate. I have 1 or 2 helpers coming with me and they are also paid from my place and back. 
I sent a contract and we both signed it last week.
I barged across the mill and truck onto the island yesterday. I took fluted stickers as he is going to bring the wood down to my kiln when he is ready to dry and turn into flooring.
I think we will be there for 4-5 days, he has a bobcat and a small excavator.

Here some pictures of the barge trip. 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2019, 02:05:08 PM »
Nice gig.  What is that stuck on your hydraulic box?
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2019, 02:11:12 PM »
Nice gig.  What is that stuck on your hydraulic box?
Thats my breakfast shake. I was up early for me, @ 5 ;D, 1 hr drive and then 1 hr to barge across to the island
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2019, 02:37:45 PM »
It almost looks like the St. Lawrence, but I am guessing it's around Huron. Nice office!
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2019, 03:07:12 PM »
What an adventure. 8)

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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019, 03:44:32 PM »
    Congratulations. Keep us posted on how this turns out. Do you bring the mill home every night or are you leaving it set up at the site? I'd be nervous if the mill was out of my access but that is just me and probably everything will work out great. 

    Is the customer running out and cutting more logs while you are sawing what is already at the landing? A fairly high percentage of my customers seem to like to do that when I am sawing especially over multiple days. They just happen to remember this extra tree or two they have been meaning to cut and while I am there the pile keeps growing. I bet many others here have had the same experience.

    You see the pile and think it is 2-3 days work which turns into 4-5 because you are sawing at a moving target.
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2019, 04:22:29 PM »
Great job! Lovely setting

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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2019, 04:37:57 PM »
Is the customer running out and cutting more logs while you are sawing what is already at the landing? A fairly high percentage of my customers seem to like to do that when I am sawing especially over multiple days. They just happen to remember this extra tree or two they have been meaning to cut and while I am there the pile keeps growing. I bet many others here have had the same experience.     You see the pile and think it is 2-3 days work which turns into 4-5 because you are sawing at a moving target.


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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2019, 07:21:52 PM »
It almost looks like the St. Lawrence, but I am guessing it's around Huron. Nice office!
Close, just west of Algonquin Park, Lake of Bays. all the topography is the same as the St Lawrence , around Brockville.

I like the  boat ride to and from work.

   Congratulations. Keep us posted on how this turns out. Do you bring the mill home every night or are you leaving it set up at the site? I'd be nervous if the mill was out of my access but that is just me and probably everything will work out great.

    Is the customer running out and cutting more logs while you are sawing what is already at the landing? A fairly high percentage of my customers seem to like to do that when I am sawing especially over multiple days. They just happen to remember this extra tree or two they have been meaning to cut and while I am there the pile keeps growing. I bet many others here have had the same experience.

    You see the pile and think it is 2-3 days work which turns into 4-5 because you are sawing at a moving target.


The Lady of the island has alrady asked me to check out the big log she just found, in hopes of a Table Top
I like that they keep on finding more wood, as it will end up in my kiln. Should keep it busy all next spring. 
hacknchop, 
I tend to only book out 1 travel job a week starting on a monday, rain delays and such fill the week. People bring logs......
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2019, 08:10:03 PM »
Wow.....what a job.  Sign me up for the location anytime! 

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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2019, 08:26:57 PM »
Floating logs down the river last year, and now barge supported milling, two coolest things on the forum...besides every video coming Out Of The Woods :)
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2019, 06:48:33 AM »
What a cool job! Beautiful setting!
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2019, 10:53:00 PM »
How fun!
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2019, 05:29:49 PM »
Here are some shots from yesterday, A beautiful morning for the boat ride over. We are in a nice Stanley Aluminum. This has not been a high production job. Lots of small logs, even sawing 4x4 out of 6" logs for platforms. 
I would say we have about 2500 bd ft in two days, Thursday was a rain day, no sawing. 
The dad of 3 brothers is managing the island, the boys bought it last year and hope to have a retreat for the family and buisness.
The 1 st house starting next year is a 10,000 sq ft Timberframe. Then they plan 8 small cottages around the island. 


 
 

 

 


 

 

 
The lady of the island found her table top logs, 2 Sugar Maples logs 12' & 13' long, 24-30"  A little rot in the ends but we managed to get 8 slabs 3" slabs with lots of character, and a little spalting. 
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2019, 09:16:16 PM »
Was the hour boat ride on the barge?  Looks to be faster in the little boat ;)  So is this entire island owned by the family?  That would be so cool.
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2019, 11:00:53 PM »
Was the hour boat ride on the barge?  Looks to be faster in the little boat ;)  So is this entire island owned by the family?  That would be so cool.
1 hr on the barge. !0 mins in the stanley
Yes the previous owners from the 40's were a Christian group out of the USA, 
This family bought it and is now setting up a family compound.


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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2019, 09:49:16 AM »
How big (aprox) is the island? Too cool!

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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2019, 07:47:33 PM »
Are they looking to adopt? I'm an orphan ya know! That is my dream right there!
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Re: Island Sawing
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2019, 09:44:35 PM »
Are they looking to adopt? I'm an orphan ya know! That is my dream right there!
I am already 1st up to be adopted.  8)
He found 2 large blowdown Hemlock and is sending in the roadbuilder tomorrow to pull them out for me to saw.
The island is 22 acres. The Forester he hired did not believe it had ever been logged.
I have seen a few large red oaks. 40" DBH and 60' of nice log. 
Where the big house is going are 14 30" red oak to come down. I hope to be brought back in to saw and then dry them. 
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