Radial sawing is a innovative sawmilling process specifically designed to maximise the recovery of wood from smaller logs. Conventional sawmilling cuts logs into square sections, often creating stress in the wood produced. As a result, the wood is more prone to bending, cupping or splitting. Radial sawing, in contrast, cuts the logs into wedges first, in line with the natural way a log would split on drying. This removes many of the internal stresses that exist in the wood, resulting in more stable products, less waste and more even grain in the wood.
A summary of the main environmental and technical benefits of radial sawing include:
- More timber out of each log
- Higher value products from younger trees
- Timber products with consistent growth rings
- More stable wood, less likely to move after processing.
Natural Log Splitting