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Sawing a BIG One

| January/February 1984

  • Sawing the Wood

  • Case steamer

  • Sawing the Wood
  • Case steamer

Manassas, VA

New Year's Day we decided to saw a 4-foot diameter log about 8 feet long. I trimmed 4 inches of bad wood all around the log so the saw would go through, but it was still too large. We used a chain saw and axe to split the slab after the saw went through.

William Clem did the sawing; Gilbert Roy helped him. The tree had been dead for 5 years. Standing it measured 5 feet at the stump. We used the rest of the tree for wood.

Clem sawed the boards 2 inches thick to be used for table tops. He said it was the biggest and heaviest log he ever handled. We had plenty of help from my brother and son and his wife also Sam Osbourn and his two friends.

Clem's big Case steamer sat idle in its she dits boiler dry and firebox cold while the 4 cylinder power unit struggled and strained. This tree was said to be 100 years old.

The Clems live at Wellington and the old RR station on the Southern Branch Line near Manassas, Virginia.


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