During a recent trip to the United States, where we were travelling to woodworking events, we were lucky enough to discover a timber mill high in the mountains of Colorado. The owner/operator of the mill kindly allowed us to look around and gave us some valuable insights into its operation.
Most of the timber is cut within a short distance from the mill, and includes many different species and grades. Local beetle kill pine is also processed - with its blue grey colouring that’s so distinctive and sought after by designers. The owner wasn’t keen on any publicity, but we thought you might like to see where they work.
The mill stands around 9,500 feet above sea level, and in late October the cold, clear air makes every splash of colour really stand out against the dust and grey-green of the surrounding forest and timber stacks.