above: Power to the main blade is controlled by the engineer, or fireman, who works on the ground floor below.
The sawyer communicates with the fireman via short toots on the signal whistle. Two short toots means
“Let’s go!”; three short toots means “Run slow”; one long toot means “Stop!” BELOW: After the logs are cut into slabs,
the offbearer handles the slabs coming off the main saw. Then the edgerman directs the slabs through the edger,
which trims them further. Finally, the trimsaw man cuts the slabs into boards, in common lumber sizes like
2*4s or 2*6s, cutting out ruts and knots.
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