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I understood it more like "it was a very clever, well organized import/forwarding trade operation".

They diversified their wood sources, chose different sources for different parts produced, which made difference during general wood shortage. Also company created some clever tools like wind sawmill and ship designs.

The wind-powered sawmills is a good example of how building in the past were actually more advanced that one thinks about them.

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