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Old 08-28-2006, 10:13:10 PM
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Here are some pictures of Wisconsins most famous sawyer, Marvin Rustad.
Marvin has sawed with 100 different engines as of the Sycamore Il. show two weeks ago. This coming weekend, at the Rock River Thresheree, Marvin will have the opportunity to add several more new to his list. Marvin is 83 years old and still rides the mill almost every weekend during the summer. My paragraph does not do him justice, maybe some others in Wisconsin can add some more info.
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The following article was featured in the summer 2004 Newsletter of the Badger Steam & Gas Club:

Marvin Rustad: Master Sawyer by Louise Coates

This year will mark Marvin Rustad’s 36th year of participation at our show. He has been a fixture at our annual shows with his portable sawmill ever since he was recruited by Club members Jim Johnson and Otto Lanzendorf in 1969. He says there are always good logs at Baraboo, and plenty of help.

In addition to our show, he saws at other events in Wisconsin, including Rock River, the Lodi Fair, Pickett, Burnett Corners, Eau Claire, Union Grove, Waubeno, Oak Creek, Viroqua, Coon Valley, and Old World Wisconsin at Eagle. During the past 35 years, and at 15 different shows, Marvin has sawed with over 80 different steam engines, ranging from a 9 h.p. Case to the 110 h.p. Case, which was the largest. Twenty of the engines on the list were at the Baraboo show. The rarest engine on his list is a Northwest, which was owned by Bob Franks, and was at the Baraboo show for many years.

In all the years, and at all these events, Marvin has never had an accident, not even a minor one requiring the use of a band aid. This is a remarkable record for a dangerous line of work. He says the close calls come when loading or unloading the logs with the bobcat. Problems also arise from foreign objects which may be hidden inside the logs and are then struck by the saw blade. The more usual things are nails, fence staples, and wire, but he has also found metal signs, radio antennae, hammock hooks, log chains, bolts/supports for deer stands, glass insulators, and a horseshoe! Using a metal detector helps locate most of these things before the saw does.

The mill Marvin uses at our show is a Jackson Lumber Harvester, invented by Clinton D. Jackson , and known as “the world’s most portable sawmill”. It was built by the Jackson Lumber Harvester Co., of Mondovi, Wisconsin. The company is still in business at the present time, and continues to make sawmills and related equipment as it has done since 1944. See their web site at . Marvin’s mill was built for military use in WWII, and was sold as military surplus after the war. He bought it in Denmark, WI. The mill has a 52 inch diameter blade, and is able to saw logs 24 to 30 inches in diameter.

Marvin’s interest in sawing goes back many years. When he was a boy, a neighbor had a sawmill in the woods nearby, and Marvin would hurry home from school to work with the sawmill. At first he worked with the neighbor, but when the neighbor moved away, Marvin took over the mill. Later, he bought a portable mill and sawed lumber all over southern Wisconsin.

Marvin was born in Deerfield, Wisconsin, and lives there now with his wife, Lois. They have seven children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sawing and farming were his occupations. He raised tobacco and had a dairy farm in addition to his sawing work, but when the sawing jobs came along, he was always eager to go. Fortunately, he had help with his farming operations. He has retired from farming now, but is still an active sawyer: he has sawn logs for approximately 40 log homes, as well as lumber for other houses and horse barns, in addition to the sawing he does at shows. This is a man who really enjoys his work!

Now 81 years old, Marvin is starting to talk about retiring from the show circuit. He says he will still go to shows, but as a spectator. When he is sawing at a show, he does not have time to look around at the exhibits and other activities. His only breaks come when he files the saw blade. He will be sawing at 9 more shows this year, including at Baraboo, so be sure to go and watch him and his crew at work during our show.
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:20:49 AM
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Old Marve can make any engine Look Good on the Mill From a 110 Case to Chucks Little 9.... He has to have the Most Forgiving saw in the world as it seems to not affected by the speed differences between engines and engineers.

My Old 24 Minnie and my little Case are part of the Long List of engines he has sawed with...

Wasn't someone going to write an artical about Marv and all the engines he has sawed with...????
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