A few years ago I visited the Ashtabula Antique Engine Club on a couple of occasions and documented one of those visits in October of 2011 with a posting entitled, Reflecting on the Past. Then recently a friend asked if I knew where we might find an abandoned sawmill to shoot. I remembered there being a sawmill at this club which was operated by the Amish during their big Antique Engine show each summer. It can be seen in operation here. Along with another friend, we decided to travel to the site in Williamsfield, OH to see what we could shoot.
First on the list was the sawmill. With spider webs covering it we were able to shoot it in a dark shed where it resides, ready to be fired up again this summer. The giant blade is about 4 feet in diameter! After spending time in the sawmill shed we roamed the grounds, welcomed by the club Vice President, and shot many photos in exhibits including an old schoolhouse, a general store, a blacksmith shop, a museum of antique farm equipment, an outhouse, the old gas station and a recreated oil well pump house. A few selected photos follow.
A trip to photograph an old sawmill turned out to be much more fruitful as we all came away with many interesting images of antique items once used in Ashtabula County Ohio.
Many Thanks to Larry Lipps who graciously allowed us in on a workday at the club and made us feel extremely welcomed! The club’s big show this summer is on July 5, 6, and 7 for anyone wanting to visit and see hundreds of antique engines and tractors in operation along with all of the standing club exhibits. A trip worth taking!