While times may have changed some things will forever stay the same…
Take the old Staggs Lumber Mill located at 2700 Robinson Street, on the Westside of Colorado Springs, Colorado for example. If some of the antique saw mills and log milling equipment in that lumber yard could tell their story, they would speak of a time without electricity. A time when things moved slower; a more toilsome way of life when folks took pride in the things they made by hand.
But even now, in these fast-paced and economically challenging times, this old lumber mill continues to ‘make the cut’.
When I was just a little boy, it was called Staggs Lumber & Planing Mill, later known as FH Staggs Lumber, Inc. This is where I got my first taste of milled logs. Literally.
You see, my folks had a weekend cabin just west of Manitou Springs where our family would spend the Summers and Christmas vacations. That little cabin was built entirely with lumber milled at Staggs Lumber yard. Everything from the floor to the walls to the roof of that old cabin came from the then bustling Westside saw mill.
Back then Staggs Lumber knew how-to mill logs into everything from paneling and molding to floors and even log siding. And even way back then, owner Francis Staggs believed in being a ‘Green’ business. His philosophy of ‘waste not, want not’ allowed for much growth and a diversity in the products being offered.
Fran made it a part of his business to put every part of the logs he milled to good use.
He baled the sawdust and sold this to the horse people for bedding. The smaller scraps of wood were used to make stakes for surveyors, bridging for house floor joists, and small blocks for making wood chucks for tanks on railroad cars for the army at Fort Carson. For a time Staggs Lumber Mill even made laminated beams and sold cabin kits for people wanting vacation homes in the mountains around Colorado Springs, just like my family’s.
But let’s face it, times have changed.
On March 23, 2011, my good friend and mentor, Fran Staggs passed on to a better place. But not before he got to see where I’d been spending my time and energy lately. And between you and me, when Fran first saw my Colorado Rock-n-, he got a grin on his face as big as some of the old saw blades in his then ‘moth-balled’ milling yard.
Watch this Video to see the new mill in action at Staggs Custom Woods
And now, only a few months later, I know in my heart that Francis Staggs would be proud and happy to know his yard continues to mill logs brought in from the surrounding forests and mountain sides.
You see, thanks to Francis Staggs daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Dennis Morgan of Manitou Springs, Colorado, and their son, Britt Morgan, there is a new, old log mill on the Westside of Colorado Springs.
On November 5, 2011 the Morgan family purchased a modern, mobile log mill and set it up in the old yard. Now, Staggs Lumber continues to mill logs as Staggs Custom Woods and anyone with an old log is welcome.
So what does all this mean for you?
This means that here at LogFurnitureHowTo [dot] com we will soon be offering rough-sawn logs, flitches and slabs as part of our Do-it-Yourself Log Furniture Kits.
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And if you are anywhere along the front range here in Colorado and you require any kind of mill work at all, learn how-to mill your own logs at Staggs Custom Woods.
Staggs Custom Woods is here for you. They are located just off State Highway 24 on the Westside of Colorado Springs only a few blocks from the heart of Historic Old Colorado City.
Weather it is rough-sawn beams, flitches or log slabs, Britt Morgan and Staggs Custom Woods will cut your lumber any way you like it.
Save money now. Learn how-to mill logs, call Staggs Custom Woods.
Now, when you are ready to learn more, contact me directly here at LogFurnitureHowTo [dot] com or call (719) 428-5029. I will be happy to get you in touch with Britt.
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