Mill Tour

New - In summer of 2002, I had the opportunity to see the mill in operation. Follow this link to see the mill Making Lumber.

Follow the links for a series of pictures of various views of the Bangor Mill and its features.

These views include:

Outside the mill

Mill from across the river Photo of the entire mill, taken from the other side of the river and including the turbine and its gearing.
Below the dam A view of the dam, turbine, and a portion of the mill taken from the embankment across the river.
Wooden dam A view of the upstream side of the wooden dam. The gate is closed to fill the lake, which then supplies water to the turbine. At the time this photo was taken, the lake had been drained so that maintenance could be performed on the wooden dam structure.
Planer This is a view of the mill's planer apparatus, used to mill the sides of a board flat. This mechanism is outside on a pallet and although it was originally run from the mill's main drive line, there are no currently plans to restore it to operating condition.
Mill turbine A view of the Little Giant Turbine and the gears that run the main drive shaft. Notice the wooden teeth that actually connect the two gears - this was a way to protect the main gears from being broken, in case something were to jam. Replacement gears would have been difficult to obtain and if a set had been broken, the mill could have been out of service for weeks or months while waiting for parts.
Replacement gears A mill visitor sitting on a pair of mill replacement gears.
Log sleds Sleds like these were used with oxen teams to skid logs down to the river where they were assembled into log booms and floated down river to the mill.
Lobster claws These claws were mounted on the wall in the bunkhouse. In modern times, lobstering is one of Clare's most important industries. Lobsters of this size are seldom seen anymore.

Inside the mill

Pieces of chains that ran off the main mill shaft. These were used in various ways including lifting scrap wood up and dumping it into a container, so that it could be hauled off.
Log clamps This view shows a log clamped to the main table, ready to be sawed into boards.
Sawyer's view This view is from where the sawyer stands. From here he can see all subsequent operations in the mill and can set the proper pace to keep the boards flowing through the mill at a rate the rest of the workers can keep up with.
Sawyer controls These are some of the controls that are available to the sawyer as he sets the thickness of the boards and other measurements. There are also some foot pedals for controlling the fence setting, including a taper control.
Cutoff saw This is the saw that is used to cut the boards to length. It takes a lot of strength to lift this saw up through a board with the handle shown.
Main blade A picture of a mill museum visitor standing by a spare main blade. Note the replaceable teeth on the blade. These were made of high-carbon tool steel and were forged in an on-site facility. They could be replaced quickly when they became worn or damaged. Blades used in modern sawmills are much the same in design.