North Cal Recycled Products Division is in the process of
deconstructing Mill B at the Pacific Lumber Company/ PALCO in Scotia
California. This was the world's oldest and largest redwood sawmill.
Mill B was originally opened in 1910 and it was modified many times in
the intervening years but was still known as the the "world's largest
Pictures at http://tinyurl.com/4gvjm
OK Leon, I give- what wonderous state do you call home? It must be A
LOT nicer than California and the people there must be "normal" and
not the millions of lunatics that have ended up in California. You
must have gorgeous beaches to walk on, trails through redwoods to hike
on and incredible mountain slopes to ski down, not to mention
smoke-free restaurants to dine in, some of the best in the world I
might add. Or perhaps where you live you can drive to work through
vineyards that produce grapes from which world-class wines are made.
No? Well that's a shame. Of course you're always welcome to come out
here and visit us in the land of fruit and nuts.
email@example.com (edfan) wrote in
We used to visit that mill whenever we went camping in Northern
California when I was a kid, about every other year. Went there last
about 6 years ago or so. It was the BEST industrial tour, bar none, I
have ever been to. The hydraulic barker would blast chunks of bark as
big as a small boy right up against the viewing window. The barker
operator would turn an flip the logs to give access to the hydraulic
spary head and the whole building would thump like an earthquake. They
still had a log carriage powered by an truck engine when last I visited.
Although they had lasers to help the first sawyer cut the flitches, the
gang saw operator had only his eyes and ten fingers to operate twelve
gang saws. He was setting the saws to cut two or three boards early, and
was standing off the ends of the planks, so he couldn't line up the saws
with the planks. There was a finger-jointing machine which made
continous lengths of clear redwood, just like the paintable trim you get
at the Borg. The last time I was there redwood had gotten so valuable
that they had a guy trimming the bad finger joints off of goofs so they
could run them back through the machine. The pieces were as short as 6"!
I remember them cutting 8' diameter logs when I was young. They were
still getting some 5' logs when I was there last.
Man, this makes me a bit sad.
"If I knew what I was doing, I wouldn't be here"
I'm not sure I can put my hands on it now, but somewhere I have a little
piece of redwood, probably 1/8" thick, with the tour information stamped
on it. We'd drive from the Bay Area to Portland to see relatives, and
stopped in Scotia once. I remember the machinery only vaguely.
I've thought a few times since my 2-year-old was born (the kid can identify
woodworking tools on sight and imitate their sounds, if any), that we'd
both probably enjoy that tour. Guess we weren't going to get the chance,
given that the mill went out of service before he came into service.
I think I'll go home and show him my Millers Falls 770, just to hear
him say, "Brace and bit! Brace and bit!"
On 7 Oct 2004 10:12:24 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (edfan) calmly
Wow, look at the size of those bandsaw blades! 12" x 75' or so?
Bottom right pic in the 5th set, just to the right of the sweet,
young Lady in Red. ;)
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On Thu, 07 Oct 2004 18:11:06 -0700, Larry Jaques
|On 7 Oct 2004 10:12:24 -0700, email@example.com (edfan) calmly
|>North Cal Recycled Products Division is in the process of|>deconstructing Mill B at the Pacific Lumber Company/ PALCO in Scotia|>California. This was the world's oldest and largest redwood sawmill.|>Mill B was originally opened in 1910 and it was modified many times in|>the intervening years but was still known as the the "world's largest
|>Pictures at http://tinyurl.com/4gvjm
|Wow, look at the size of those bandsaw blades! 12" x 75' or so?
|Bottom right pic in the 5th set, just to the right of the sweet,
|young Lady in Red. ;)
We toured here once and after seeing the sharpening room for these
blades it would hard to argue that bandsaw mills waste less lumber
than a circular saw [g]. They have some serious teeth on those
On our first trip we tried to get a room at the Scotia Inn
but they were full. On our next time up the coast, we made it a point
to get a reservation there. What a neat place. The food was
wonderful and the staff knows its stuff. I hope they don't
"deconstruct" the inn too.
Well, there's the story about Beethoven, in his tomb,
erasing pieces of paper.
Big pieces, little pieces, all sorts of pieces.
Somebody opens the lid, looks in, and asks "Hey, Beethoven! whatcha doin?"
I have always wondered if you programmer types realize how silly that
<start the program> </end the program> stuff looks to everyone else. I
guess that it should be expected that communicating on a computer
based medium would mean that there are a disproportionate percentage
of folks in the programming world here, but after the first few
thousand times you see that, the humor escapes. As an accountant I
usually don't do a lot of debiting or crediting or use a lot of
T-accounts in my newsgroup postings, but if I did I expect most of you
would find that annoying and silly (not to mention meaningless).
Just a silly pet peeve of mine I guess. ;)
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