Saw Mill

The Museum includes a full sized sawmill, which moves at slow speed so visitors can get up close to see how the mill works. At the centre of the mill is a Davey Paxman Portable Steam Engine, built in England in the early 1900s, and one of the last ever made.  The engine drives a range of saws for ‘breaking down’ giant kauri logs and converting them into planks.


Next to the mill a huge band saw with two metre diameter wheels and 12 metres of toothed ribbon steel moves slowly through a large swap kauri log. Other machinery includes an A&G Price Cant Frame saw, made in Thames in 1910, used to cut large pieces of timber into multiple boards with one pass through the machine.