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Making the chips fly

Making the chips fly

Wiping the sawdust from his face, Leonard Robertson looks out to watch an endless sea of barley toss about in the wind. “I should be fishing today. Bet they’re biting good back on the ’Hawk [the Shiktehawk stream]. Yeah, that sure would be nice. Maybe tomorrow.” He turns back to the job at hand of running a small sawmill in northern New Brunswick. But this is not your typical industrial sawmill of the 21st century. This mill and the man who runs it are a living link to Atlantic Canada’s long history with lumber.

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