Trim your Butts.


If that title doesn't grab your attention I don't know what will!

So, what am I talking about? In the Sawmill industry, the ends of a log after it has been cut down are called the butt. Often, during the logging process, the ends of the logs get all mangled, so it's always important to trim the butts before we get to sawing! Below are some pictures of mangled butts.

In the first photo, we have what you might call "Biting Off More Than You Can Chew". In the second photo, we have "Where Should I Be Cutting This?" And in the third photo,  "Sliver Extraordinaire" or, "I Hope You Own Tweezers". Now, it's important to note that there is nothing wrong with theses cuts being the initial cut for taking down a tree. There may be very good reasons why they were cut this way. But once the tree is on the ground and you have a chainsaw already in your hand still running, you might as well trim it once more so it's relatively straight and square, so you don't have to pay us to do it for you.

At the mill we are making all sorts of lumber: boards, timbers, trailer decking, etc. Whatever we're making, we are handling the wood several times before it gets back to you. There's nothing like reaching for that board off the mill and getting stabbed by a sliver that could take a thumb off. Yikes! Here are a few more pictures.

The first one is pretty standard a notch was cut to make the tree fall the desired direction. Then the cut was finished from behind, the tree began to fall before the cut was finished pulling the tree fiber, totally normal. Next, we have the "I Wished I'd Bought a Bigger Chainsaw" dilemna. Lastly, we have a nicely trimmed log, straight and relatively square to the face of the log. THIS is what makes everyone happy. 

Now don't panic if you have been guilty of this, you can change. That's the reason I'm writing this in the first place. My hope is that by explaining some of our processes you will better understand why it matters. No hard feelings, I want to go on record and say we forgive you. However, if you continue to do it the odds are pretty good that you may receive a bit of guff for it. We're pretty well known for speaking our mind around here. The only thing I could see as an exception would be if you don't own a chainsaw. We will give you a pass if that's the case.

If you are having a logger take down trees for you and you think they may have some value as lumber be sure to let them know before they begin clearing trees. If you have questions about what to look for when it comes to lumber and what to look for in a tree see our log purchasing outline. Be sure and have it cut to lengths of 6 or more feet, preferably 8 or more.