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The penultimate event of this year’s Lochaber Ideas Week was the special tours of the BSW Sawmill at Corpach on Friday.
BSW Timber is one of this area’s biggest and busiest local employers and a major UK business. We all know it’s there, but how many of us have ever been able to go in and look around at how the sawmill works?
That was what was on offer on Friday with BSW Timber kindly inviting in two tour groups to see their operations in action.
The full site tours took in all operations with the only exclusion being the log yard.
A spokesperson commented: ‘We had extremely positive feedback from the tours, with people being really surprised by the scale and scope of the operations at the site.’
Mill manager Oliver Stephen takes the group tour around the storage area around the plant. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F48 BSW Visit 04
Mill Manager, Oliver Stephen explains the workings of the main control room at Corpach. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F48 BSW Visit 01
Logs from which the bark has been removed are ready to be fed into the start of the production line at the Corpach Mill. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F48 BSW Visit 05
Nearing the end of the production line, finished products are sent for and further processing and then to be stored. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F48 BSW Visit 11
The extensive production facility at the Corpach Mill. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F48 BSW Visit 07