all things wood


Mel seeger's matchwood sawmill

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Participants will have the opportunity to tour Mel Seeger's Matchwood Sawmill and farm down the road from camp, see the barns and yurts he has built, and watch a demo of Mel milling logs on the sawmill he made from a Mac truck!

Participants can choose to work closely with Mel, and can assist in milling their own rough-cut lumber. This is an opportunity to learn from a D-I-Y master. Mel has worked in the logging industry and run sawmills his entire life. He mills his own rough-cut lumber, and builds amazing barns, saunas, yurts and even viking ships of his own modified historical designs! Our VCAC Studio Barn is one of his beloved creations. He also makes various types of heaters, furnaces, ovens, and stoves and has been experimenting with creating insulating bricks from local clay and sawdust from his mill. He's a master of hand craft but is also tech savvy, using CAD and CNC to create utilitarian designs and visual art. Additionally, he farms and plays traditional Norwegian music with his wife, Aileen.

In 2017, Mel helped us build the "Clay Cathedral," an outdoor shelter for our clay-processing, drying, and covered kiln-firing area, the "Octonagon," an 8-sided Grillikota, complete with a wood-burning stove, for use as a sauna!

In 2019 we will be putting the finishing touches on the “Octonagon,” and completing the Kiln Shed we built last summer, to house our large outdoor gas kiln, a work-in-progress adopted from the University of MN!


Dick's Wood shop

We also have the pleasure of working with our neighbor and wood-turning artist, Dick Graham, with whom residents have the opportunity to experience a woodturning demo, and try their hand at the lathe!

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