3. February 2011 20:13
It was recently announced that the 2011 Great Portable Sawmill Shootout will move just a bit closer to us over here on the Left Coast. Here at Bailey's we think the move to partner with The Official Paul Bunyan Show at the Guernsery County Fairgrounds in Ohio this October is a great decision. The dates for the event are October 7-9, 2011 - much later in the year than previous years. The Shootout should find a much broader audience and be good for the niche industry of portable milling. The nice thing about these larger events is that the general public can see first hand, the care, hard work and conservation that goes into a portable milling operation. They can learn about how many of us work hard to properly manage our land and resources. On the competition front, we've confirmed that the Lucas / Bailey's team this year will once again include the incredible Five-Time Stihl Timbersports Champion, David Bolstad. At the last Shootout in 2009, the Lucas team (led by David Bolstad) finished their logs in 35 minutes, 35 seconds, for a cutting rate of 583 board feet per hour. Our tailer, Casey Comer, credited David's technique of milling the logs flat and then turning them for improving the yield from the logs. Their final tally of 583 board feet was 9% greater than the log scale — a higher overrun than most of the bandsaws were able to attain. We expect big things from these guys again this year... Please join us in Ohio this October!
2. December 2010 23:49
Building a log home can be very rewarding, but it can also be complicated and dangerous if not done correctly or with the right training under your belt. If you're considering building a log home, we highly suggest you search out training from a qualified school or builder. Alaska Log Structures up near Anchorage, Alaska offers a comprehensive 10-day course that covers everything from safety to purchasing materials to hands on training in the actual building process. For more information, please check out their website. Bailey's offers a wide variety of woodworking and log handling tools to help log home builders, too.
Happy scribing this holiday season!
23. August 2010 19:07
While doing some searches recently, I ran across a unique blog published by Mark Whitaker of the Red Alder Ranch. Mark and his buddies are involved in salvage logging with a unique twist called "Kayak Logging." When I first found his blog, images of S&S Aqua Logging of Ax Men fame came to mind. S&S got into a bunch of trouble after Washington state Department of Natural Resources officials saw Jimmy Smith and his son on the History Channel reality TV show, Ax Men. I asked Mark about the controversey and if he had encountered any problems during his salvage logging efforts. Mark said, "I was approached in the last year by a USFWS guy while hauling logs out of the creek on a trailer near the wildlife refuge here, but after a long time on the phone back to HQ, he finally had to admit that what we were doing was legal. It was right after that guy on TV got busted. I go after free floating logs or logs laying on an easy-to-get-at-beach below high tide line, and everything I've ever heard or read says that I'm okay with the law doing that." Mark appears to do everything by the book. Mark's kayak logging partner, Brian, has even pioneered a sport using kayaks to haul logs. Mark custom mills much of his salvaged timber which has been used to build everything from a cabin to custom made kayaks. Please check out Mark's blog and you can also view a youtube video of what might very well be the first-ever kayak logging race.
9. April 2010 00:16
Now there's a pretty sight! These beauties come to us from a removal and courtesy of a local Davis, California arborist. They'll be used to mill slabs at our Lucas Mill Boot Camp and transformed into works of chainsaw art at the Steve Backus Chainsaw Carving Boot Camp this June. Still sitting on the fence about attending? With wood like this to work with, I wouldn't wait much longer! Space is limited.
Many thanks to Rion Casey, our Retail Outlet Manager for arranging such awesome wood. I know our Boot Camp students will appreciate his efforts!
P.S. The guy eyeing the logs in the photo above is Brian Merson, our outdoor power equipment mechanic extraordinaire - he's a specialist in Husqvarna, Stihl, Honda, Echo and virtually all small engine repair work. If your equipment is in need of service, just ship it to us and he'll professionally repair it and ship it back to you. But that's a topic for another post...
16. March 2010 17:34
FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED SPECIAL OFFER!
Our Redwood Region trade show demo units will be available for sale in Ukiah!
LUCAS PORTABLE SWING BLADE SAWMILL - We will be bringing a 6" Lucas Mill Model 618 to the show. You can save in two ways. First, if you pick it up at the show you'll save on shipping and second, we're offering this demo unit for $1,000 off the current price! Just pay for the mill ahead of time and pick it up after the show on Saturday for only $9,995! Our operators will even give you a free quick lesson if you show up a little early. This machine will only have a few hours of use - just enough time to break it in for you. There's only one available at this price, so if you're interested, give our Lucas Mill specialist, Doug Coughlin, a call today at 1-800-322-4539 extension 228.
LOGOSOL PLANER / MOULDER - We will also be bringing a 3-Phase PH260 Planer / Moulder to the show. Again, you'll save on shipping if you pick it up at the show and you'll save because we're offering this demo unit for $600 off the current price! Just pay for the unit ahead of time and pick it up after the show on Saturday for only $9,995! And just like the mill, our operators will give you a free quick lesson if you show up a little early. This machine will only have a few hours of use - just enough time to break it in for you. There's only one available at this price, so if you're interested, give our Logosol specialist, Doug Morgan, a call today at 1-800-322-4539 extension 298.
10. February 2010 19:16
Join us at the Sierra Cascade Forest Products Construction & Equipment Exposition this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We'll be bringing our famous Lucas Mill to the Conference. This is the 61st exposition and sure to be plenty for everyone there. It is promoted as the "Largest Equipment Display in Northern California!" Not only that but there will be a Logging Competition, "Wild Things" Wildlife Show and interestingly a Backhoe Rodeo. All this for free at the Redding Convention Center in Redding, California. Stop by our outdoor demonstration area to see the Lucas Mill in action and meet our friendly staff. As an added benefit for attending, if you place an order with us at the show over $200 you'll get free UPS Ground shipping (small print: Certain restrictions apply and we are not setup to accept cash at the event - credit cards or checks only, please).
Redding Convention Center
Sarah Palin Keynote Speech Update... It hasn't been easy to find information about this speech which took place this past Monday. Perhaps the Redding, CA speech was overshadowed by the news about the "crib" notes she wrote on her hand at the Tea Party speech in Nashville the previous week. In any case, I was hoping to find the Sierra Cascase speech on youtube, but a search at this point yields no results. I did find a couple of first-hand accounts that said she was given "a Rock Star's welcome." I personally thought it was unusual to schedule a keynote speech three full days prior to the actual opening of the event, but I'm sure that had as much to do with Mrs. Palin's schedule as anything else. Other details of note: The two speeches she gave at the Redding Convention Center were completely sold out. 4,000 people paid between $54 for a balcony seat to $74 for a floor seat to hear her speak. If you find a video posted for the speech, please send me a link via our Contact Us page.
1. February 2010 00:36
Well, here's an interesting news flash for you. Love her or hate her, you have to admit she draws a crowd and is one very interesting woman. NOTE: The "Nadine Bailey" referenced in the news clip below is no relation to the Bailey's catalog company.
REDDING, California -- Sarah Palin is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference next February in Northern California. Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference executive director Nadine Bailey said Palin will kick off the weeklong timber industry gathering Feb. 8 in Redding, California. Bailey said the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has not settled on a theme for the speech but would be stopping in Redding in part to promote her book. The book, "Going Rogue," will be released Tuesday. Tickets for Palin's appearance go on sale Monday for $54 and up. Bailey has declined to say how much Palin will be paid for the speech.
After a hiatus of a couple of years, Bailey's will be returning to the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference in 2010. The Bailey's crew will be demonstrating the famous Lucas Portable Sawmill, so if you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and say "hi!" Now I know what you're thinking and, no, we did not decide to attend the conference after hearing that the former vice-presidential candidate was the keynote speaker. Though I readily admit that I think it will be one very interesting keynote speech and I'm going to do my best to be there to see her.