Prior to the barn fire, all of David Stine’s lumber was air dried, which, depending on the size and thickness of the board, could take up to 5 years. The barn fire and the resulting loss of inventory prompted him to build a kiln behind his shop. Though he will continue to air dry boards in seasoning sheds, the kiln will enable him to dry boards in as little as 8 weeks. In these pictures, freshly sawn slabs, some as wide as 44 inches, are loaded into the kiln.
A devastating barn fire in July 2007 destroyed a family barn containing a season’s worth of hay, antique woodworking equipment and two years’ worth of old growth seasoned lumber, valued at over $125,000. David Stine spent much of the late summer and fall, and every available opportunity since then, harvesting and sawing new logs to rebuild his inventory.