The O Scale Sawmill Project is available in very Limited Quantities
due to the complexity of producing this kit please allow extra handling time
the Deer Creek O Scale Sawmill Project
Pilot Model Constructed by Karl Allison and Brett Gallant
All photographs copyright Brett Gallant and may not be used without permission
Back in early 2004 Boone Morrison and I were discussing the possibilities of producing a kit
based upon Sturgeons' since the O scale sawmill equipment I produce so closely
resembles that from the prototype. Not to mention it is the perfect design for a model!
Well as with many projects it got shelved... Then in the spring of 2007 the Finescale
Railroader Logging and Mining Annual showed up with an article by my buddy
Marty Jones. It featured his sawmill constructed using Boone's plans and my sawmill
machinery kits. That re-ignited the spark to produce this kit.
A backwoods O scale sawmill based upon the plans drawn
by Boone Morrison of the Sturgeons' Sawmill located in Sebastopol, California.
Suitable for a wide date range from the late 1800's to the 1940's and even beyond!
This project would not be possible without help from my friends
Karl Allison, Doug Ramos, and Marty Jones.
This kit is a huge undertaking and will be available in very limited quantities.
The Sawmill diorama as pictured occupies an area about 19" x 30"
Now take a 360 degree tour in the brilliant afternoon sunlight...
Let's start with the log unloading area, platform, and elevated sawdust bin. The unloading platform was modeled after a photograph of Sturgeons' circa 1920. Sturgeon's has been around along time and there is a lot of information and photographs available online. I am so pleased how I was able to blend different era's into the final diorama using Boone's plans and the extra information from the internet.
SierraWest kits are so much more than a structure and a handful of details. The diorama creation is paramount in the development of each new kit. Instructions are provided leading you through every phase of construction including tool selection, assembly, weathering and aging, diorama composition, and scenery application. When you view the pictures of the sawmill diorama remember this. SierraWest kits are unique in the level and amount of detail provided. Since all four sides are fully detailed, you have a ton of flexibility in placement and viewability.
The "business" end of the mill.
Logs are stored on the rollway waiting their turn to take a trip on the carriage. The pier and beam sub-floor of the mill is constructed in layers (as is the whole structure) making the assembly easy. I love the heavy timbers and large iron nbw castings supporting the carriage drive and stop. This scene is so interesting with all of the discarded slab.
My famous comprehensive manual and digitally reproduced accurate templates guide you thoughtfully along the construction process. I consider myself a teacher in addition to being a manufacturer. My manual provides guidance and confidence building techniques allowing you to reproduce the results pictured here. I am so proud of the number of customers who have won major national awards with the SierraWest kits they have constructed, following the provided instructions!
Mill Engine and Horizontal Boiler housing dominates the rear of the mill diorama. One aspect of the sawmill diorama that is so compelling is that every angle, corner, and view tells an important, prototypical story about logging and sawmill operations in North America. The cement foundations are resin castings and are loaded with detail and character. All of the various piping, belts, and walkways intermingled with the natural junk and clutter create an incredible scene. It is realistic detailing like this that makes modeling so interesting and keeps me active in the hobby. I find that creating scenes and telling stories is paramount in importance if I am to model a scene that viewers are interested in. When an entire layout is created with this philosophy then the true magic of modeling emerges and a storyteller is born! The sawmill diorama is one natural focal point for any logging layout wanting to embrace this philosophy.
The lumber sorting platform and office are very busy scenes. The office end of the mill is loaded with details and clutter. The old wooden desk, bookshelves, metal locker, and rolling repair cart create the perfect atmosphere. The sawmill diorama is a busy operation and includes stacks of cut, sorted, and graded lumber ready to ship out.
I am always pushing myself to set new standards, create new construction techniques, and improve and refine weathering and scenery methods. All this in addition to designing, creating, and manufacturing better castings, along with writing more precise manuals and templates... well you get the idea!
I think my favorite scene on the diorama is the storage area with the belt and shaft wheel rack. This uncompromising level of detail is just one aspect of kit manufacturing that SierraWest has been known for since my first kit release way back in 1994. The " No Credit" sign was seen in many prototype photographs of Sturgeons' and just begged to be included in the kit. The storage area includes an outside portion with steps leading to an interior room filled with wooden crates, cardboard boxes, and shelving. Next up is the maintenance shed.
The front loading dock and maintenance shed completes our 360 degree tour. The maintenance shed is constructed from reclaimed barn wood and is weathered differently than the other wood used to construct the mill. I love the variation in texture and color. It tells a story and aids in the creation of a prototypical scene. The manual focuses on creating believable scenes using weathering and finishing techniques that are time tested, proven, and easy to master. Readily available materials no matter where you live are utilized in all phases of construction.