Jefferson Planing Mill (Location Key)


There are quite a few sawmills scattered around the Yoknapatawpha landscape, but the mill where several of the major characters in Light in August work is the only planing mill in the fictions. Sawmills turn trees into boards, and are usually set up near the forests that are being cut down for lumber. A planing mill shapes the rough boards into more finished pieces of wood, though it is an industrial rather than an artisanal process. This one is on the edge of Jefferson. As a Location, this contains several distinct places mentioned in the text, including the planer shed (31), the sawdust pile (33), the pumphouse (34), and a post (34).

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