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OL' Purple Pete
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Norwood Band-sawmills here in Alberta Canada?

I've seen alot of band mills down east and a couple in B.C. And only me and another guy up north of High Prairie,East of Donnelly on the out skirts of a small town on the side of the Highway.To me it look like a LM2000.I couldn't stop over cause I was driving a Rig for a company hauling what ever the oil rigs needed and when ever and where ever.24 hours 7 days a week.I loved it .But now I'm retired.Saw bones pulled my class 1 till I proved that I was & never had a heart attack.So I just said let it be.One day I'm going to cruise up to see it first hand if possible.And maybe swing by Valley View to see a circle mill also.But I was wondering if there is any Norwood band mills here Alberta Canada?wink

                     If they are permitted to say where they are from.

                                                                                                   Gordon

                                                                                                   G.& P's Sawmill = Gordon & Pat's Sawmill. wink

                     

r.garrison1
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I'm quite a ways SouthWest of you, Oregon (down in the States). But drop me a note if you are in the area. Not that I expect you to be, but welcome to the forum.

Bill
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There's a few in Alberta Gordon.

OL' Purple Pete
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I hate to say but I only  know of or seen mine and 2 others lol

Old Fodgy
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There is more out there. I have a HD36 and a guy a half an hour north of me has one to.

I live a 1 1/2 hours Northwest of Edmonton.

 

OL' Purple Pete
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sounds like your south of Athabasca but north of westlock.Cause I'm 2 hours north of Edmonton.We don't have enough guys in Alberta to get a sawmill show or what ever they call it.So we only got 4 people with norwoods mill.Not enough to even make a gust dust to see anything.wink

Old Fodgy
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Your close I live just south of  Mayerthorpe and the other guy lives near Barrhed. Sawing your own lumber in 

Alberta is a new thing with all the production sawmill around. Just 20 minutes away we have Blue Ridge lumber and 

10 minutes more we have Millar Western in Whitecourt. But with lumber prices going up it

makes good sense to buy your own sawmill and cut your own lumber, even better if you have any trees on your own land which I have,50

acres but mostly Poplar. All the spruce and pine was cut down in the 40s

r.garrison1
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You are lucky to still have the mills; one of the reason I bought one is the mills in the area were all closed or closing, and it cost too much to haul logs to the remaining mills. 

If all you have is poplar, then find a good use for it, and every tree you cut, plant a pine or spruce!

Poplar may be a challenge for building, but since it works so well, I could see it becoming moulding, woodworking pieces, etc.

 

https://www.woodworking-news.com/woodworking-projects/woodworking-with-poplar-hardwood/

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/27570 (look about halfway down, and you see some comments on poplar).

http://www.rockler.com/how-to/yellow-poplar-wood-favorite-hardwood-woodworking-shops/

 

All you need is to find the right market!

Old Fodgy
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Thank you r.garrison1 for the links will definitely look at them. What I plan to do is cut 1x6 or 1x8 for wind fence and see 

If I can sell them.

OL' Purple Pete
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I know where that is,I worked over west of whitecourt loading gravel in a crusher But I also worked for Flint constuction back when I was 28 years old lol.Back then I stayed in Ever Green trailer court and worked there on the weekends to help out the care taker.Nice country over there.Big fancy mills they got now.Lot of spruce and lodge pole pines also , GRIZZLIES I've seen them but they never bother with us cause we never teased them or bother them.Them mills over there sure opened up the country over there also.As for wind fences they sure could use them,But also check out the Corral rails like 2 x 6 x 8,like the ones they use for bull fences,or even bronc busting fences.I know you GOT to strap them so they dry straight.I seen guy on here use racket straps.Princes Auto has good ones from 1 & 2 inch types also good price alsoI live on the Hihway 44 going towards Slave lake.I have some spruce,Pine,popular,Tamarack.I had the farm logged off most to get it make pasture or hay.Now I can get at the breaking & stumping next year,Hopefully.Forgot mention you can use popular or black popular for pig fences and the black is good for the floors for the pigs.I know that's what my Dad used our hogs.20+ years ago and the floors still there today.So check it out with the hog farmers they may love it better than circle sawmills.Plus the $$$$$ also.You probly could do a little Horse trading for some spruce logs wink  just saying.A little trading for things do go along way.Well good luck.I know I got to qquit before I write a book laugh.

Old Fodgy
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Thank you OL'Purple Pete for your suggestions. My dad built a barn when I was 6 year old. All with poplar at the time that was all he could afford to buy for lumber from a guy who was sawing just a mile away from home. The barn is still up that was 56 year ago, needs a little repairs but not much.

OL' Purple Pete
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I know things are different today compared to yester year.But I use popluar where ever I can but I use alot of spruce and pine also.White spruce is quite nice to saw ,I find pine is a little tough but popular or (Bamb) black popular they are easy to saw .I use summer windshield washer fluid that I bought in the fall when it's CHEAP and I buy winter washer fluid in the spring when it's CHEAP also.I know I'm like a canary = cheap cheap laugh.They work fine for me.

                                                                                                           We have 4 different mills that take logs over here in Slave lake (Mitsue) Industrail park.I know they are all HIGH priced for lumber cause it high right now,Cause of our trade wars and high tariffs cost of fuel to get the wood also etc.