New business aims to create lumber from downed trees
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Texas' long-standing drought has done more than dry up riverbeds and make for cracked, thirsty ground. For some Crossroads landowners, it's also killed off trees.
But one up-and-coming business aims to help.
Father-son team Cleve and Allan Johnson recently ramped up Victoria Logs to Lumber, where they will - as the name implies - transform the downed trees into usable wood.
The endeavor got its start after trees died on Cleve Johnson's father-in-law's Thomaston land.
"He had a tree that fell, and some guys came out with a different kind of mill," he explained. "He thought about buying a mill of his own, so we got into it."
Thus, after purchasing a TimberKing 1600 mill in April and completing the necessary paperwork, the business was born.
The aim is to either cut logs people bring to the Thomaston property or, for an added price, haul the mill to the trees to get the job done.
On a breezy morning in late September, the crew set to work sawing a pecan tree. After revving the machine, securing the log and adjusting for cut thickness, Allan Johnson created clean slices as sawdust sprayed the air.
It's a fairly simple process, he said, explaining the entire mill is controlled mainly by six joysticks and a side controller.
While the machine controls the cut, the quality of the finished product depends on the log itself, Cleve Johnson noted. The sooner you cut a downed tree, the better.
"Otherwise, it starts to rot," he noted. "If you wait for a dead tree to fall on its own, it may have a hole rotted through the center. At that point, you might not get any good wood from it."
Still, other woods create different challenges, he added, noting mesquite trees curve. While the shape can aid a craftsman when creating a rocking chair or the like, it makes cutting a bit more difficult.
Cleve Johnson said he hopes to see their endeavor take off.
"We think people could use this," he said.