Grand Times Hotel Sherbrooke

1 rue Belvedere Sud, Sherbrooke, J1H 0G8, Canada
Grand Times Hotel Sherbrooke
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Saw mill

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The McDonald Brothers'Sawmill lies where sawmills have stood since 1826. It is a fully operation reconstruction of a water-powered, up-and-down sawmill. During the time when water was the only efficient means of transportation and power, Sherbrooke was ideally located at the head of navigation on the St.Mary's River, which ran through vast acreage of timberland. Logs were transported in booms to the water powered mills then loaded onto sailing vessels built in Sherbrooke for the voyage to British markets.

The watermill is not in the museum of Sherbrooke, it is located just outside of the village. You can just go here and have a look around; the admittance is free. I really loved my visit to the saw mill. I even enjoyed it more than the visit to Sherbrooke Village

The waterwheel

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The waterwheel was spinning round and round.... I thought it went quite fast already. But it wasn't on top speed at all when I was there, because the water levels were too low. Now I wonder how fast it could go. That must be a fascinating thing to see.

Schematic of power supply

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Schematic of power supply, and mechanism for operating log carriage and sawframe. A crank driven by the waterwheel is attached to the pitman which moves the sawframe up and down. The saw cuts on the downward stroke. The reciprocating motion of the sawframe activates the levers and ratchet gear which move the log carriage forward. (Illustration by Fred Scott)

Inside the sawmill

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There were two men at work when I was there. They were just sitting waiting for the log finish through the sawing machine. We chatted for a quite some time. They told me some more about the sawmill and about the area around Sherbrooke. They were quite fun to talk to, but they were out to fool me! What better to do than fool a tourist, hahaha. Sorry guys, you didn't succeed! But I had a lot of fun talking to you!


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