Here goes! The first machine feature in our Shopecology Series; the Radial Arm Saw. Last week we introduced the life cycle of each product and the 8 different phases they flow through on their way to leaving our shop and venturing out into the world. We have some wonderful machines that make it all possible, and to make it possible for us to give back as we receive.
Here's number one: The Radial Arm Saw is the first machine any piece of wood that comes into our shop sees. It cuts boards to length and removes cracks and knots. These leftovers go straight to a pile where local residents can come and collect fire wood. Here's shop member Dave tossing a scrap piece into the barrel while using the saw.
The machine is Italian and the first member to join our shop after the fire, so it holds a special place with us. There is a zen art in working with the radial arm saw, a push and pull interaction which forces the operator to achieve a kind of balance and harmony in working with it. When Rodrigo and Dave are finished, they send those pieces off to our straight line rip saw where they receives perfect glue edges! Check back next week to hear more on that process.