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Dennis Hoover of Mystic, who runs a portable sawmill service, examines the rings in the wood of a sycamore tree that he has been hired to cut up on the Halas Farm, Friday, May 4, 2012.
John Pendergast, of New Fairfield, uses a loader to move a slab of sycamore wood, cut from a huge tree trunk that fell during a storm, Friday, May 4, 2012. Dennis Hoover, of Mystic, uses his portable sawmill to cut slabs of wood from a huge sycamore tree trunk, on the Halas Farm in Danbury, Ct., Friday, May 4, 2012.
A master sawyer cut more than a dozen slabs from a sycamore tree damaged during last October's snowstorm. The sycamore is one of the more sought-after species by woodworkers for quartersawn planks.
DANBURY -- Sawdust flew through the air at Halas Farm Market Friday, as master sawyer Dennis Hoover sliced thick, quartersawn slabs of beautifully grained wood from a once-stately sycamore tree.
His longtime friend and former Danbury High School football coach, Gus Edwards, said he wanted to have the logs sawed into slabs for his seven grandchildren, several of whom are budding woodworkers. Edwards said "it took me months of research" to find a sawyer with the knowledge and equipment needed for the job.
Hoover, who traveled to the city from Mystic with a Peterson Portable Sawmill, said that while sycamore is not commonly found in most lumber yards, it is one of the more sought-after species for quartersawn planks. A tree is quartersawn, he explained, when slabs are cut at a 90-degree angle from the rings, revealing the pattern that exists within the grain of the wood.
The portable sawmill Hoover brought to the job has a vertical blade on tracks, and is capable of cutting slabs up to 5 feet in diameter.
LASER PROJECTION AND LASER MEASUREMENT FOR WOOD INDUSTRYLAP laser systems for projection or measurement are used in the whole production sequence of wood.