New sawmill allows camp to make lumber

Sacandaga Bible Conference is putting the trees on its 144 acres to good use, thanks to the donations of several generous friends.

Facilities Director Chris Ripp uses Sac's new sawmill.

Facilities Director Chris Ripp uses Sac’s new sawmill.

The camp this week purchased a portable sawmill, which will be used so Sac can generate its own lumber for its building and construction projects. After picking up the mill Monday, Executive Director Dave Spencer, Facilities Director Chris Ripp and Tom Cooper of Sac’s Board of Directors already were pressing it into service today, rendering inch-thick poplar boards.

The mill was completely paid for with donations, Spencer said.

The mill is a gas-powered Wood-Mizer LT15, capable of sawing logs 28 inches wide and nearly 18 feet long, with extensions allowing for unlimited length. While the hand crank was being used to maneuver the blade today, it ultimately will be completely automatic.

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