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R M Smith Lumber

Listing #259   Listed on: 11/26/2009

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Smith Lumber is located at the base of the Shade Mountain. The site was chosen in 1909 by Daniel, Lucian and Banks Smith (father, son and grandson) to locate their new steam-powered Frick Mill. Today, Banks's grandson, Roy, and his wife Nancy still saw in the same serene location on the headwaters of Cocolamus Creek, at the end of Slim Valley, although with Diesel power replacing the steam. While the mill still produces the railroad ties that were the lifeblood of the first mill, along with cabinet grade lumber and pallet cants, providing unusual items to woodworkers is now the mills focus. They also sell sawdust to local farmers, slab and round wood for heating, and provide logging services. This mill is one of the last of what once seemed an endless number of these small, family mills that were literally around every corner of central Pennsylvania.
Planning one of the typical small projects we do: cutting a butternut tree in someone''''''''''''''''s yard.

  Felling the tree. We use only Stihl chainsaws. We have found them to be reliable and cost-effective.

  Finishing it off. These types of trees can yield lots of great lumber, but it took three of us a whole day to do this job and leave the yard clean and clear.

  Isn't the ultimate in recycling actually still using the 40+ year old equipment?

  Small planer used for preparing finished lumber for woodworkers.

  Often growing as a shrub in fence rows, osage orange is valued for its high strength.

  Segmented bowl in spalted hackberry. Made by Norm Shea.

  Oak burl bowl turned by Ed Donaldson

  This is an example of lumber produced from an often ignored tree: the box elder.

Company Name:   R M Smith Lumber
Contact Name:   Dan Smith
Location:   McAlisterville, PA  17049
Year Founded:   1909
Sq. Footage:   0
Employees:   2
Gross Sales:   N/A

Product Specialties:
    Hardwood Lumber
    Milled Lumber / Lumber for construction
    Softwood Lumber
    Wood Waste

Service Specialties:

Sawmill Equipment:
    Sawmills: Stationary - Frick

Viewer Comments:

Posted By: B. Diana Soriano     [06/20/2010]
I am looking for a butternut wood board for relief carving. A piece 2" depth by 6"wide. The length needs to be at least 12".
Do you have any such boards?


Posted By: Bill Noble     [09/25/2010]
Nancy, i purchased a walnut gunstock blank from you guys on ebay. I am coming from ashland schuylkill county. If you could give me directions , i would appreciate it. Im not sure where McAlisterville is located. What is located near it ,in the immediate area, large towns or highways, Please email me with some directions so i can pickup the stock blank . Also do you have any black walnut ,say 3 in. thick by 12in. wide by 48 to 60 in. in length. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks Bill Noble.

Posted By: Don kraemer     [05/01/2016]
Looking for honey locusts. Saw some boards on eBay that you are selling. Can you give me dimensions. Need 74" thanks

Posted By: Pete Weidnr     [01/04/2017]
Hi I carve bows from osage orange. Im looking for 8+ft x 10+ inch sections of *fresh* cut osage. I live 1 hour west of philly and was wondering if anyone can help me source some hedge! thank you for your time.

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