Geogia Woodworking Get Together II

Today was the second local Georgia woodworkers event and we had a great time again.  For this event Lamar set up a tour with the owner of CAG Lumber Steven Brown.

When Lamar set up the tour to visit Steve’s mill I expected a large saw mill but when I arrived at the address typed into my GPS, there was nothing there.  I asked a neighbor if she knew where the saw mill was and she said she didn’t know there was a saw mill around….I thought I was totally lost.  I called Steve and he gave me directions on in the way guys back home in North Carolina give directions, second road on your left after the church at the mechanics sign. 

After arriving, Steve brought us up the hill to watch him slice up a Beach with his Wood-Mizer, wow that thing is awesome, I have watched this before but am still amazed at how easy the machine handles the logs.  The first pass just cleans the bark off and makes a thin cut after that he can slice whatever thickness he wants with no binding.  The first few boards cut are mainly 8/4″ but later Steve made a few cuts for mantle boards that where 4″ thick and the Wood-Mizer cut the boards with no strain at all, amazing to watch.

Other than the Georgia heat the only part of the work that brought a sweat was when Steve had to change the blade, it is crazy to think that the blade on this saw cost pretty much the same as the blades on my own band saw in my shop!

After finishing with the Beach log we took a tour of Steve’s shop and a few project going on in there while having a cold drink.  Several tables and chairs made from beautiful Walnut and I couldn’t help but admire the corner Big Green Egg stand…

Next Steve brought us around to see his stored lumber, I must say that I was not expecting the stock pile that he had.  He had rack after rack of Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Cedar and much more.  He even pulled out a few pieces of his private one-of-these-days-I-will-build-something-with stash and has some beautiful and interesting stuff, like Sassafras (smells just like root-beer). 

Steve was a great host and we all really enjoyed the tour around his mill, he has a great stock of most any thing you want and can get just about anything else, and with great prices…plus he is just a nice guy.  You can visit Steve online at http://caglumber.com.

The past two events have allowed me to meet many great local woodworkers and I really hope we continue and grow to bring in even more woodworkers.  Any others that are interested in joining our group let me know and I will add you to the e-mail list of events to come.

Keep on woodworking!

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10 Responses to “Geogia Woodworking Get Together II”

  1. High Rock Woodworking
    June 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Sounds great Bill and jump in there with the dovetail bowl!

    Yea, it looks like you and Trey caught the brunt of Phil's Photoshopping….

  2. bakins
    June 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    I picked up 2 pen blanks, a piece of 3x3x6 cedar I will try to make a goblet with, a walnut and maple board that I am dying to try the dovetail bowl. I'll send pics when they are done. Photoshopping? Trey and I are covered in blood! LOL

  3. High Rock Woodworking
    June 29, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    Aaron, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Steve and will be buying most of my wood from him in the future. He really does seem like a great guy.

    I am glad you brought Phil and Turtle, and I like Phil's Photoshopping… I like a little humor….even if it was a little morbid. :)

  4. High Rock Woodworking
    June 29, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Thanks Bill. I am glad you and Trey came out too. I am looking forward to doing it again.

    Do you already have a project in mind for the wood? Make sure you send me pictures.

  5. Aaron
    June 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    This was a great event, and Steve will be the first source I think of for my lumber. What a great setup and a friendly guy. I had a great time. Oh, and I should have warned you guys about Phil's photoshopping in advance. Yikes!

  6. bakins
    June 28, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Trey and I had a blast at CAG Saturday. I think our little Georgia group of wood workers have a great thing going and I hope we continue to meet like this. I can't wait to start working with the purchases I made at CAG.

  7. High Rock Woodworking
    June 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Phil, It was great to meet you and Turtle yesterday. Really glad you came out with Aaron. We plan on having more events and hope the both of you will come out again.

    Thanks for the pics and by the way I like the caption in the one shot….lol

  8. High Rock Woodworking
    June 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Vic, yea I noticed you said that "we" live there. I actually like it in the desert myself but not sure my other half agrees.

    The tables were a nice design. I liked how they had a live edge for the top but elegant tapered legs. I have always liked mixing contrasting designs like that too.

  9. zarsh
    June 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Hey Chris,
    Thanks for sharing the pics and write-up.
    Here's a few pics I took.
    http://www.zarshmogon.com/cag_sawmill_2011/

    Turtle and I enjoyed meeting you guys,
    Cheers
    Phil

  10. Vic Hubbard
    June 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Chris, I love those two live edge end tables. VERY cool design! I only wish you all live here. Notice I didn't say I wish I lived there. Too muggy for my tastes. I like the desert. :o )

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