Salute to wood harvesters features chainsaw carver, forester Sept. 22

Sep 12, 2019
A moose by chainsaw carver Ron Carlson.

WALDOBORO — “A Salute to Wood Harvesters” will be held at the Waldoborough Historical Society, 1164 Main St., Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chainsaw carver Ron Carlson of China will begin carving at 11 a.m. outside the museum.

Carving will break at 1 p.m. for the program, which features licensed forester Mark Vannah, a resident of Waldoboro who has been employed by Robbins Lumber Co. for the past 34 years. A graduate of Medomak Valley High School and the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in forestry, Vannah will share his experiences and knowledge of the history of harvesting.

Robbins Lumber has operated a white pine sawmill on the St. George River in Searsmont since 1881. It owns and manages 30,000 acres of forest, and buys from more than 150 independent loggers. Vannah will take questions from the audience, as will any other members of the wood industry who happen to be present.

An exhibit of harvesting will be available and Carlson will finish up his creation and answer questions. The museum building will be open; the public is welcome to attend at no charge.

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