Milling our own boatbuilding lumber.
The boats built at the Arques School are mostly built from locally growing woods that we cut ourselves. For several decades we have been cutting the various local woods that we use in traditional boat building, including black locust, pepperwood, white oak, and fir. We use a chainsaw mill for the rough work of cutting slabs which we then resaw on our large bandsaw back at the boat shop. We operate our chainsaw mill remotely, from a sufficient distance to avoid fumes and dust, and to keep students out of harm’s way. We air dry the cut planks in the traditional manner, for about a year per inch of thickness, before use.