ERATH  VENEER  CORPORATION of  Virginia
A Trip Through the Veneer Mill  by Dave Bilger
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10) We finally get a look at this beautiful log of cherry!
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11) It takes an expert to know which grade the log will produce. The log is marked on the end for reference. 
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12) Michael Erath - grading for Export Quality. When an important run of logs is expected, you can usually find him up here or in the log yard.
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13) The half log moves away from the saw and is transported along another conveyor. 
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14) Log after log is graded. The decisions made here are critical in the production process. 
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15) The  half log moves down a chute into the plant, ready for the next part of the journey.
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16) A swimming pool for logs! Right after this photo was taken the logs were totally submerged into this large vat of neutral PH pure water... The logs are gradually heated up for several days to make them softer for production.
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17) Here is Michael with a hand planer. All the rough edges are milled away here. That's a wicked tool !!! 

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18) The large planer equalizes the flitch here. Ready for the soaking and "cooking" process. 

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