Gift of sawmill will change life at Great Mountain Forest

The new sawmill at Great Mountain Forest was the focus of a demonstration Friday, June 12. Schuyler Thomson, who with his wife, Heather, donated the new machine, took a turn at the controls with Wes Gomez (left in photo) coaching.

NORFOLK — The Great Mountain Forest (GMF) has a new sawmill, donated by Schuyler and Heather Thomson of Norfolk.

Schuyler Thomson paid a visit to GMF’s Norfolk headquarters to see the new machine in action on Friday, June 12.

GMF Director Hans Carlson said the organization’s old sawmill was not only old but was also dangerous, and the insurance cost was prohibitive.

By contrast, “the insurance on this is the same as a lawnmower.”

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