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Production of hardwood lumber in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

I have participated in the hardwood lumber industry in Eastern Tennessee for many years, including, but not necessarily limited to, logging, part ownership of a saw mill, consulting for a mill, operating small kilns, wholesaling hardwood lumber, and even manning a fire tower—watching that it all didn’t burn down. During the course of preparing this treatment, I have visited several mills, log yards, and lumber yards, and talked with the owners about their current operations. These photo essays will be drawn from this experience. Hardwood lumber production could be different elsewhere, and softwood lumber production certainly is, but I believe what I describe accurately reflects what goes on here in Eastern Tennessee and to a large extent is applicable in many other enterprises.

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