In the below slideshow you will see photos of our facilities and raw products as well as a more extensive gallery of finished products (including installed items).
For an explanation of each photo, please see the text below the slideshow as it lists the photos in their order of appearance.
1. The Black Creek sign over the actual creek!
2. A blacktail deer, after which the sawmill is named.
3. Early morning sun shines down on the road toward the mill site.
4. A young bracken fern.
5. The scenery on Tim's walk to work.
6. Entry to the mill site proper.
7. Yes, that is
a llama in the middle of British Columbia - you have not suddenly been transported to Peru. She is one of the site residents but also does a good job keeping the forest undergrowth in check.
8. Blacktail's log yard and excavator.
9. Splitsaw to the left and excavator in the background at Blacktail's mill site.
10. The Splitsaw in operation.
11. When the sawchain is sharp, the sawdust really flies!
12. Douglas Fir log after being split open.
13. Dale in the bobcat discussing with Tim how to get the best yield from the log.
14. Two halves of the Douglas Fir log split open by the Splitsaw.
15. The Splitsaw is really just a giant chain saw.
16. Close up shot of the Woodmizer saw.
17. Woodmizer in the midst of cutting a Western Hemlock log.
18. A wider-angled view of the Woodmizer in the midst of cutting a Western Hemlock log.
19. A close up of the Western Hemlock after it has been cut for best yield.
20. A view of the Western Hemlock after it has been cut for best yield - 4 equal squares of 6” by 6”.
21. A side view of the Woodmizer with Dale at the controls.
22. Our kiln with a stack of drying lumber in it, mid-dry.
23 These are the operation controls of the kiln and, yes, the walls are
made of our Douglas Fir lumber. Thanks for noticing!
24 The heat for our kiln comes from mill wood waste.
25. Low-grade Red Cedar ready for sale.
26. Note the stickers between the lumber pieces to help the air-drying process.
27. Douglas Fir lumber, freshly milled and ready for sorting.
28. Lower grade Yellow Cedar lumber, freshly milled and ready for sorting.
29. Old growth Western Red Cedar, view one.
30. Old growth Western Red Cedar, view two.
31. A great colour and texture shot of old growth Western Red Cedar.
32. Close up of quarter-sawn Yellow Cedar plank.
33. Selective focus shot of old growth edge-grained Douglas Fir lumber.
34. Edge-grain Douglas Fir.
35. Just loving that grain - you can almost feel its texture.
36. Another lovely texture and grain shot.
37. Slow growing second-growth Douglas Fir.
38. Freshly bucked log-end of second-growth Douglas Fir.
39. A timber mark from the BC Ministry of Forestry - necessary to transport logs in British Columbia.
40. Another BC Ministry of Forestry timbermark.
41. Crayon marks, sometimes used to identify logs and plan cuts.
42. A stack of knotty Yellow Cedar paneling.
43. Western White Pine panelling.
44. Knotty Yellow Cedar V-joint panelling.
45. Broadleaf Maple flooring profiles with detail.
46. Another shot of the Broadleaf Maple flooring profiles from the side to show the grooving.
47. Edge-grain Yellow Cedar plank.
48. The underside of the flooring has relief cuts to minimize cupping.
49. Broadleaf Maple flooring surface dappled by the sun.
50. A closer shot of the Douglas Fir on the walls of our kiln control room. The red is the heartwood and the yellow is the sap wood.
51. Local Maple character-grade flooring made from Blacktail Enterprises' lumber.
52. Kitchen cabinets made from Blacktail Enterprises' Alder lumber.
53. Ceiling made from Blacktail Enterprises' Western White Pine lumber.
54. Door and framing made from Blacktail Enterprises' Douglas Fir lumber.
55. This is a mobile home that has been completely renovated using lumber from Blacktail Enterprises.
56. Close up of mobile home bevel siding made from Blacktail Enterprises' Douglas Fir lumber.
57. Douglas Fir fence made from Blacktail Enterprises' lumber.
58. Yellow and Red Cedar fence made from Blacktail Enterprises' lumber.
59. Driveway gate made from Blacktail Enterprises' lumber.
60. Fence made from Blacktail Enterprises' lumber.
61. Banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus
, a critter found frequently on Blacktail Enterprises' land that helps clean the environment. A decomposer, it processes leaves, animal droppings, and dead plant material, and recycles them into soil. It also excretes a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. By consuming dead organic matter slugs are an important aspect of the ecosystem, according to Wikipedia.