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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cheese making, farming & sawmilling in the Slovenian Alps




My name is Danilo Bončina. I live in Čadrg, a village near Tolmin, which lies at 700 m above sea level. Our main occupation is farming and agro-tourism at our farm PRI LOVRČU, where we breed livestock and produce milk at our own creamery. We basically use these products for our own needs. Our forests are mostly used for wood gathering and timber.

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The farm has been passed down from generation to generation. Our main source of income on the farm is the creamery, where we produce a common cheese called tolminc. Mostly we make our living from cheeses and the crops are generally used for our own needs and for our guests as we have two guest rooms. We only sell surplus cheese.



The tradition of cheese making first appeared many years ago, when our village came to exist. The cheese was used for food and was made and used at home. It used to be impossible to transport the cheese until the road was built to take the cheese to the valley to be sold across Slovenia and abroad. 




We bought the LT15 sawmill because we needed to build a new stable. Because of how narrow the road is, it was difficult to transport timber to Tolmin.

http://www.woodmizer-europe.com  -  My name is Danilo Bončina. I live in Čadrg, a village near Tolmin, which lies at 700 m above sea level. Our main occupation is farming and agro-tourism at our farm PRI LOVRČU, where we breed livestock and produce milk at our own creamery. We basically use these products for our own needs. Our forests are mostly used for wood gathering and timber.

We bought the LT15 sawmill because we needed to build a new stable. Because of how narrow the road is, it was difficult to transport timber to Tolmin. 
So we decided to purchase a sawmill which would be easy to use, and as functional as possible. We thought about getting a Wood-Mizer sawmill, and after six months we purchased it and put it to work. The assembly of the saw only took about an hour and by then we were able to start cutting quickly and with good quality results. 
We are very satisfied with the sawmill. The assembly was easy and it is transportable. It is powered by electricity or diesel. All the wood we needed to build the new stable was basically cut using this saw.

So we decided to purchase a sawmill which would be easy to use, and as functional as possible. We thought about getting a Wood-Mizer sawmill, and after six months we purchased it and put it to work. The assembly of the saw only took about an hour and by then we were able to start cutting quickly and with good quality results.

We are very satisfied with the sawmill. The assembly was easy and it is transportable. It is powered by electricity or diesel. All the wood we needed to build the new stable was basically cut using this saw.

The only thing we regret is that we didn’t purchase it sooner because it’s really versatile, makes a quality cut with less waste, and is easy to use.


The saw practically operates all the time - we use it to cut wood for our own needs and sometimes even for our neighbours. It cuts any shape of wood, be it thick or thin, straight or curved. The neighbours often bring the timber to us in the morning and we have the boards ready by the afternoon!


You are cordially invited to visit the Čadrg village where you can enjoy the fresh air and silence. Our farm has two guest rooms for 4 or 5 persons, respectively. You are also welcome to order a Saturday or Sunday lunch and visit our creamery. 


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