Logs to lumber: An aerial journey through the sawmill
June 5, 2018 | 1:17 pm CDT

COLVILLE, Wash. - Take an aerial tour of Vaagen Brothers Lumber's operation flagship operation in Colville, Washington.

Today, in addition to operating a flagship facility in Colville, Washington, Vaagen Brothers Lumber operates sawmills in Usk, Washington and Midway, BC - with the recent addition of a planer mill in Athol, ID. At each Vaagen operation, quality lumber begins with quality trees. High-quality small trees yield good small logs, starting at 4 and a half inches on the small end and 14 inches on the large end. Species range from Douglas Fir, Larch, Pine, and Hem-Fir.
Log supply comes from private, state, federal, and tribal land. Once logs arrive at the Colville operation, they are weighed and unloaded by the companies 128 foot P and H crane. Towering above the mill, the crane feeds logs into all machine centers and handles 500 bites of material per day.

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Robert Dalheim is an editor at the Woodworking Network. Along with publishing online news articles, he writes feature stories for the FDMC print publication. He can be reached at [email protected].