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Throughout the Central Vermont area, landowners have contracted with Fontaine Sawmill to harvest their mature trees
The skidder is used to haul trees from the woods to the landing
Fontaine Sawmill has it's own log truck to transport the logs after harvesting.
Fully loaded truck - these logs are headed to the Fontaine Sawmill
Once logs are brought into the Fontaine Sawmill yard, several processes are needed to mill the lumber
The first process is to run the log through the de-barking process. This Rosser Head Debarker removes the bark which is later ground into red hemlock bark mulch. The Rosser head scrubs the log free of bark as it turns on the cog wheels.
Using an excavator, this mulch grinding machine is filled with the bark that was removed during the de-barking process and ground to a fine texture.
Once the logs are de-barked, they are brought inside the mill with the tractor and loaded onto the log deck waiting to be milled into dimensional lumber.
There are several steps involved in the milling process to create the quality lumber that Fontaine Sawmill is known for.
With the flip of a lever, a massive log is rolled forward from the log deck onto the Mill Bed.
Sometimes it is necessary to trim off the end of the log before the sawing begins. As you can see here, we use Wood-Mizer for our mills. We have a Wood-Mizer LT-70 electric mill inside and a Wood-Mizer LT-40 Diesel mill outside.
This is an enclosed climate controlled room where the Master Mizer, Marc, determines what dimensions of lumber or beam would be best suited from the log that lays in front of him.
Environmentally conscious - creating no Waste
Our smaller outside mill can cut beams up to 32 feet in length. Impressive, cutting edge technology and precision workmanship is in all our products.
Inside the Mill building, the LT-70 mill is run daily, processing custom lumber orders.
The slab edges of the logs are stockpiled at the end of the conveyor and eventually run through a grinder that turns them into wood chips. We have a huge inventory of wood chips available, but also sell them to power companies for electricity.
Whether you are looking for green rough, kiln dry, planed, shiplap or T&G - we can do it all!
Our new Nova Kiln can dry enormous stacks of lumber with a quick turn around time.
This is the latest addition to our planing building. It creates smooth shiplap or T&G in pine, hemlock or hardwood.
Our huge storage building at the back of the lumber yard has a large variety of dry lumber ready to process to fit your needs.