Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs: A Trip to the Sawmill

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In Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs, Joyce Slayton Mitchell takes readers on a trip from the woods to the sawmill. Huge saws, hi-tech feller bunchers, rugged knuckleboom loaders, and speedy slasher saws are just some of the fascinating machines that are used to turn trees into lumber, sawdust, wood chips, and many other useful materials. The superb full-color photographs by veteran photographer Steven Borns, and the author's straightforward descriptions, make it easy for armchair visitors to follow along as trees ...
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Overview

In Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs, Joyce Slayton Mitchell takes readers on a trip from the woods to the sawmill. Huge saws, hi-tech feller bunchers, rugged knuckleboom loaders, and speedy slasher saws are just some of the fascinating machines that are used to turn trees into lumber, sawdust, wood chips, and many other useful materials. The superb full-color photographs by veteran photographer Steven Borns, and the author's straightforward descriptions, make it easy for armchair visitors to follow along as trees are felled and delimbed in the forest and then trucked to the sawmill where they are scaled, sorted, debarked, and sawn. Children will delight in scanning the crystal-clear pictures to imagine themselves operating each machine and figuring out which is doing what. A glossary of timber talk, a page of forest facts, and a list of forestry websites for children and teachers help readers young and old learn the lingo and understand more about trees -- our most important renewable natural resource.

This book showcases the fundamentals of forestry.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Trucks and heavy machinery are the stars in Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs: A Trip to the Sawmill by Joyce Slayton Mitchell, photos by Steven Borns. From the feller buncher that cuts down the trees to the knuckleboom loader that places the logs onto the trucks, as well as the head saw, chipper, planer and other machines that process the wood, this book incorporates full-color photos alongside snippets of text to help readers understand how trees are turned into usable material for building. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Readers follow a complete process as workers and machines cut trees and take them to the sawmill where they are made into boards, wood chips, and pulp. The equipment used to cut and haul the trees is huge and many of the devices have interesting names such as knuckleboom loader and feller buncher. The full-color photographs of these machines are plentiful and clear. The author assumes some prior knowledge of logging, as the text, although minimal, is not always easy to understand, and not all unfamiliar words are defined in context: "After this logger fells the tree, he wraps a choker chain around the butt of the felled tree and hitches the chain to the skidder winch cable." However, readers can turn to a glossary for more detailed explanations of timber terms. Children who are fascinated with big machines, or who want to learn more about trees and other natural resources, will find much to savor here. For younger children, Christin Ditchfield's Wood (Children's, 2002) offers a simpler description of this process.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A celebration of the giant machines and specialized jobs required to turn a tree from the Vermont forest into usable lumber. Made with the assistance of the commercial logging industry, the emphasis is on how "cutting trees is good for the forests." The industry bias will limit the usefulness for general research, but big truck and tool enthusiasts will enjoy seeing photos of grapple skidders, slasher saws, delimbers, feller bunchers, and debarkers. Full-color close-up photos of men and machines are handsome and helpful in understanding the process of logging. Especially appealing are close-ups of the sawyer, retoothing and hammering the blade of the giant circular saw. The author and photographer team of Crashed, Smashed, and Mashed: A Trip to Junkyard Heaven (2001) has produced another attractive title on modern industry. Includes a glossary, "forest facts," and an industry-sponsored "conservation" website. (Nonfiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585673681
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 976,703
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.34 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Slayton Mitchell is the author of more than thirty books for children and adults. A Vermonter who writes in the summers, she lives in New York City, where she is the director of college advising at an independent school.

Steven Borns is a photojournalist and magazine photographer who has worked on several books, including Crashed, Smashed, and Mashed and Tractor-Trailer Trucker with Joyce Slayton Mitchell.

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