On Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m., WRWA sponsored a tour of the Cersosimo Lumber Company’s modern double-cut band sawmill in Brattleboro. Former WRWA Trustee John Caveney, the Forestland Manager for Cersosimo, had arranged the tour showing the operation that produces hardwood lumber and White Pine lumber from local forests for lumber markets all over the globe. The program was free and open to the public. The company provided hearing protection and safety glasses for all attendees.
The tour focused on the white pine sawmill. According to an article in the Summer 2016 Woodlot Tips written by Marli Rabinowitz and Margaret MacDonald, “White pine cut in the summer must be processed quickly or the heat and moisture cause it to develop a mold called blue stain. The stain does not affect the quality of the lumber, but in spite of a marketing campaign for ‘wood the color of your Levis,’ consumers won’t buy it, and it must be chipped into pulp. In the winter, the logs can wait longer.”