Good wood news story of the week
Tuesday 5 Feb 2019
Here's how it goes:
A sawmill tucked away in a forested corner near Blenheim is not so quietly producing a large chunk of the timber used for the country's houses, decks, fences and furniture.
Kaituna Sawmill, owned by Nelson Forests, turns about 1.2 million cubic metres of raw logs into 55,000 cubic metres of high-grade, market-ready timber each year.
About half is sold domestically, while a quarter each goes to Australia and countries consuming more timber than they produce.
The journey from tree to timber is not the dangerous, strenuous job it once was, but a smoothly automated dance of saws, claws and conveyer belts, supervised by people in high-vis, hard hats and earmuffs.
Source: Stuff news
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