HOW WE PRODUCE ROUNDWOOD
The production of wood posts and poles involves multiple steps. We must source small diameter wood, buck it to size, run it through the mill and package it into units for sale.
The raw material for ACR’s products are trees or parts of trees too small to be utilized by typical timber mills. The material is from two sources: tops of trees (diameters of less than 12 inches) from commercial logging operations that are too small to be utilized by timber mills, and small diameter trees cut in thinning operations to reduce fire hazard and promote forest health. ACR is purchasing more than 95% of its raw material from California High Hazard Zone areas in Shasta, Siskiyou, Plumas and Tehama counties. We believe we are making a material and positive impact on California forests, reducing fire risk and improving water quality.
BUCKING THE WOOD
The raw material is “bucked” to size on our custom designed bucking station. The bucking station singulates the wood, measures the diameter and cuts it to size based on size/dimensions of the wood and customer needs. Waste wood produced as part of this process is used for firewood production. The bucked wood is then separated into ready decks, based on diameter, and as we build out the bucking station, we hope by species and length. The bucking station is an ongoing project; we are working on adding sensor and automation software to increase throughput and accuracy.
POSTS & DOWELS
We presently have two milling machines, the Wema, which produces 6” down to 4” dowels/posts and the Oswald, which produces smaller, 2” and 3” product. We expect to add more machines soon, one that we hope will produce up to 8” diameter posts. Wood from the ready decks is loaded onto the machines and, like a large industrial pencil sharpener, the machines cut the wood down to size. The finished product then rolls down to a table where our team stacks them in units for final sale.
The finished product is packaged in units and awaits shipment. Most wooden posts are sent to a treatment facility where they are chemically treated to assure they don’t rot prematurely. Most of our product is sold through wholesalers, primarily into the California and Northern Nevada markets, though increasingly demand is being seen from out-of-state markets as well. We also sell some product locally to individuals on a retail basis alongside our firewood business.