Monday, October 4, 2010

Austin Sawmill/ My World

Austin Sawmill, Kinmount, Ontario

The logging industry has been important to the province of Ontario since the 1800s but many of the earliest sawmills have disappeared or have been transformed into eateries or places to shop. Kinmount, Ontario,  still has the real thing, battered by the years but in the process of being rejuvenated.



Renovations on the opposite side of the building shown in the first photo

The Austin Sawmill, originally built in the 1880s, was a water-powered mill that operated until 1972.   For many years the mill was left to decay until various families, individuals and businesses decided to renovate the building.

Bits of rusty machinery littered about the property

As you can see, the place is a photographer;s dream. Well,  my camera and I were happy here, anyway!



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58 comments:

see you there! said...

Great collage of the rusty bits.

Darla

Rebecca said...

Wow, lots of cool stuff there!

chasity said...

bits of rusty machinery...
sounds like a photographers dream come true.

at least mine.
:)

have a wonderful day~
chasity

B SQUARED said...

So technologically advanced for their time.

Cezar and Léia said...

I love your idea with all those beautiful and interesting stuffs for the last collage ( composition ).
There is a great sequence in your pictures, it's really nice!
Léia

Paulie said...

Yes, interesting to many -- thank you! You do make it an interesting collage even if no one is interested in the individual things alone, you turned the collection into a piece of art!

Halcyon said...

I would have loved this place too. It's always nice when you can't decide which photo to put up b/c you have so many good ones!

I have a picture from Ajax up today on my travel blog. Is that near you at all?

Kathy said...

Oh, yes, I see how happy you were. So many things to catch the eye, including that glorious tree in full fall regalia!

arabesque said...

that's an interesting structure,
glad to hear that it's under renovation. ^-^

Jack said...

Yes,, many places to capture your eye and lens. Nice collection.

Kate said...

I love the idea of renovation; you must photo and post when the job is completed!

Mo said...

Great place to inspire pictures. Will it be a working mill after the renovations

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures as always and I'm so glad the mill is being renovated! I hate to see pieces of history just tossed aside! Your photos are superb as always. I love the collage, too! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

ladyfi said...

Look at the lovely wood on that mill! Gorgeous!

Dishesdone said...

It is a photographer's dream, so many interesting things through your lens! I enjoyed the mosaic!

Dave said...

this place is a treasure for photographers.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Just look at those big blades! Interesting mosaic and information...thanks!

mARTy said...

just one word- lovely!!!happy day

George said...

I like your photos of the rusting pieces of equipment around the mill. The pictures have a nice artistic quality to them.
I'm glad this old mill is being renovated.

Rambling Round said...

A plethora of photos in this place! So happy these buildings are finding a new use.

Becky and Gary said...

Just look at all those beautiful boards on the outside. They would look so good in my living room!
What a cool place.
B.

Carver said...

Great shots of a beautiful place. I love the first one with the autumn foliage and then the smaller details in the rest of the shots are so interesting.

ewok1993 said...

beautiful image. i can only see one - the first one.

Gunnar said...

Oh yeh it would have been nice to have few houres with camera here thats for sure.

maryt/theteach said...

I bet it'll be beautiful when it's finished, EG! :)

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Taht's a saw mill? It looks like a period home. Love the rusty bits and bobs - interesting stff.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Interessante questo collage di foto vintage !
Buona serata :).
Myriam

Martha Z said...

When we visited Old Sturbridge Village a couple of years ago we saw them operate the old sawmill and grist mill and water powered carding mill. I find the ingenuity of the human mind amazing. We take technology for granted today but we have built upon the creativity of those who came bfore.

Rob G said...

A very interesting spot and most conducive to photography.

Jacob said...

Oh boy! I also love old wooden buildings in disrepair and old, rusty machinery.

So, this isn't being used as a sawmill now, right? It's being renovated though for other purposes?

Your photos show how much you care!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely post on the sawmill. Your photos are just wonderful!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Those rusty gears are fantastic! Great capture!

Shammickite said...

I love to see places like this being saved from decay and being renovated.

Lesley said...

ah, now you know you'll have to revisit to see the finished result.

Catherine said...

great to see they are being saved - and love the rusty collage..

Icy BC said...

I love this discovery, and it's always interesting to know about things like these..Gorgeous photos!

Farmchick said...

Really this could be photographs from the countryside in which I live.

Shirley said...

Oh, I too would love it there! Perfect for photos! My husband would hate it though because he'd have to drag me away! Lovely photos!

caughtbymycamera said...

Beautiful. It is good that the mill will be restored.

☺lani☺ said...

Great post for your world! Nice collection of rusty stuff in there! Have a great day!

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous. I never thought of Ontario as a logging province, because of course in BC we thought we had it all. Tsk. Thanks for the great pictures.

Kay, Alberta

Pagan Sphinx said...

Informative post. Great shots of the old milling machinery.

This is my World!

kaye said...

whata great place for photo-hunting. I can't believe it's fall already.

Al said...

I love buildings like that, and you captured its various aspects very well.

Gaelyn said...

Marvelous old building. Nice that it's being renovated. Great captures. Love rusty machinery.

Randy said...

Great building and I love all the rusty old stuff!

gogouci said...

I'd definitely have a great time here. You're lucky to be so near. Great images.

lotusleaf said...

Interesting rusty machinery, ad great photos.

Rimkogeren said...

Thanks for your comment :-)
Wonderful pictures. Imagine if the mill could tell his story

Robin said...

What a fascinating place, I can see why it's a photographer's dream.

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Small City Scenes said...

And you and your camera had a wonderful time. I love the old machinery. wouldn't some pieces look great a garden art. I am always glad when old buildings are renovated---hopefully for all the right reasons. Would be wonderful as a teaching tool. MB

Ann said...

does that roof front look a bit like my old church building. I always wonder why they don't paint it.

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2010/10/sunday-stills-red-and-green.html

wncmountainliving said...

Love places like this to take photos. Great shots.

jabblog said...

That was a huge undertaking - I applaud the renovators.
Great photos as ever - it looks as though you were spoilt for choice for subjects :-)

BraCom (Bram) said...

Wonderful collection


Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Rose said...

I really like this...I like the pictures. They have an ageless feel about them.

Francisca said...

What a treasure trove. Well done. EG!

Carol said...

Wow, beautiful scenery!

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