What an absolutely fantastic field trip this was! One of the things that Samuel has been studying is BC Resources, so together with some other 5th and 6th graders from our co-op, we headed off to Gorman's Mill. We learned so much the production of wood and the way the entire mill functions. This was really a great trip.
An entire load of logs right off the back of a huge logging truck. Incidentally, it was about -15 this day! Our guide said it was definitely the coldest trip he'd ever done.
The technology in the mill is amazing. The computer does a scan of each log that comes through and, in a second or two, decides what width boards to cut the entire log into with the least amount of waste.
Papa came on the trip with us. He's standing by the huge saw blades to give us an idea of their size.
Our guide was great. Here he is showing and explaining to one of the groups the different things that get caught in wood and that have damaged the saw blades. Any metal is usually detected, but some things, like rocks can grow within a tree and cause damage. The blades must be changed immediately.
The work ethic and expectations at the mill were very impressive. The production expected is 100%. What they are doing every minute is posted across from them where they can see. They don't let the employees stay at any job for more than two hours so that they don't get tired, unproductive or dangerous.
Some of our motley crew in full safety gear with their sample boards.