We cut off 2,20 meters and had it hoisted inside the sawmill. As we learned from previous steps in this process, difficulties pop up when you least expect them – those extra 20 centimeters might come in handy in the end.
We needed the wood to be sawn in different thicknesses, each thickness corresponding to a different design. For the 15 millimeter pieces, we asked Harrie to leave the bark intact, as this was an important element of the product we would use it for.
We wondered which sawing technique we were going to use: was it quarter sawing, as we had originally thought, or was it rift sawing – a slightly different technique that seemed to look more like what we had drawn in our proposal? I couldn't tell you, Harrie said, it's a bit of both. Not that it mattered: though the sawing was a long and complex process, after a couple of hours we were the owners of some excellent pieces of wood. They were cut in such a way the annual rings showed in perfect straight lines along the sides, just as we wanted.
To make sure the wet wood has no chance of moulding, the planks are stacked with some slacks in between. Harrie will soon move the stacks to a shelter outside, where they can breath and dry in the wind. This natural ventilation will prevent the wood from rotting.