We got rained out on the job we had planned on going to today, so we shifted gears and did some quick work for one of our regular clients, OG Hospitality Group, which manages The Corner Pub and Grill, The Shack Breakfast and Lunch and The Tavern Kitchen and Bar. We built an outdoor server thing - it must have weighed 200+ pounds - for The Corner Pub and Grill. And, we delivered it, which was a miserable experience. 2 dudes trying to move a difficult-to-grab 200-pound structure, in the rain, in and out of a giant truck...not something I want to do again anytime soon.
After that, we loaded up a steel coffee table frame I'd built a couple weeks ago and delivered it to a client over in Illinois, and then...we went to the sawmill, which was easily the highlight of the day.
I'd heard stories of this particular sawmill, and have wanted to go check the place out since I first heard those stories. It did not disappoint.
It's not a particularly clean business establishment. Or, really even safe to be in. At all. But it's definitely a full-blown, fully operational sawmill complete with some of the oldest, biggest, scariest tools I've ever seen.
The place has been in operation, apparently, since 1957, and it's heyday was definitely many decades ago. But...it was still pretty neat to go check out nonetheless. And because there's currently - though you wouldn't know it from the above picture - an effort being made to clean the place up, I was able to score some free lumber that's been stacked up since who knows when. I'm not even sure what I got; it's a mixture of walnut, cherry and probably oak and any number of other species. A lot of it isn't real easily usable, but a lot of it is, and at the end of the day, free lumber is free lumber.
Ideally, we'll be able to do some business with these guys in the future; I'm interested in getting giant wood slabs from locally harvested trees, which is something these guys are plenty capable of providing, and they're interested in doing some business with a table-builder. Maybe that'll go somewhere, maybe not, but either way...today won't be the last time I visit this sawmill.