Sawmilling in Ecuador

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A new Stihl 065 Magnum is this man's most valuable possession.  He paid over $1,000 for this tool

 

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A dead tree is felled to make lumber.  The tree top had broken off and scraped the bark of this tree

 

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The tree is bucked into lengths

 

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A string dipped in used motor oil is snapped like a chalk line to mark a straight line on the log

 

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Sawmilling is done freehand, following the mark

 

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A 2 sided cant is produced

 

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The local wood shop ordered two sizes of plank

 

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These men are very accurate in making their cuts

 

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The planks are carried to the road and piled  
A truck routinely picks up lumber from the farmers every week.
They are paid about $1 per plank

 

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Lumber is commonly seen air drying.  These boards were too knotty to sell and will be used around the home Every board I saw in use had been cut with a chainsaw.

Wood Shops in Ecuador

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