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PHOTOS: Big Creek Sawmill

The family company is the only remaining timber operation in the region.

A sawmill may be noisy and dusty, but it's also a synchronized feat that churns out high-quality product. Watching logs become boards, beams and decking is mesmorizing and impressive.

It also helps you see how a 2-by-6 came from a tree trunk and just how much engineering and manpower it took to create that product.

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Patch Editor Jennifer Squires is a member the Focus Agriculture Class XXIII. She will write about the nine-class program, which covers topics such as ethnic groups in agriculture, new technology and diversity of commodities locally grown. In addition, there are many farm tours and hands-on experiences.

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