Customer Stories

Building 600 Homes in Fiji After Cyclone Winston

After the Southern Hemisphere’s most-powerful cyclone hit the Fijian islands in 2016, a group of dedicated missionaries and volunteers traveled from Montana, Alabama, Tennessee, Iowa, Oregon, and California to begin an extensive rebuilding project that resulted in more than 600 homes built for dozens of Fijian island communities.

Wheeler Mission Producing Pallets to Change Lives

Wheeler Mission Pallet and Industry produces high quality pallets while rehabilitating a workforce through Christ-centered programs.

Urban Sawmilling in Hawaii

Established in 2010 as a collaboration between an ISA Certified Arborist and a sustainable building consultant, Josh Greenspan and Alex Woodbury of Kamuela Hardwoods save logs from the landfill to create locally-sourced, high-quality, salvaged lumber for islander woodworkers, builders, and instrument makers in their Hawaiian community.

Wood-Mizer Missions Team Visits Costa Rica

Teaming up with Youth with a Mission (YWAM), several Wood-Mizer employees and family members traveled to Costa Rica to build a housing structure for visiting missionaries in the area. Here are a few first-hand experiences from the mission team’s travels.

The Building of Noah's Ark

One of Wood-Mizer’s smallest sawmills was used to cut 50% of the timber for the world’s largest freestanding timber frame structure – a Biblically-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark.

Building Churches and Schools in Papua New Guinea

Missionary Jesse Pryor returned to Papua New Guinea where he was born and raised to build churches, schools, and medical facilities for the local community in the remote jungle.

Building a Cabin with a Portable Sawmill

Billy Reeder didn’t just build a cabin by milling his own lumber with a portable sawmill, he built a new life. A simple life. A good life.

One Small Sawmill Creates Positive Change in the Congo Jungle

Missionary Glen Chapman shares how one small sawmill in Congo has improved lives in amazing ways.

Making Major League Baseball Bats From Forest To Field

Why swing with an old bat, when you can swing with a Young one. In the mountains of North Carolina, the family-owned and operated Young Bat Company handcrafts wooden baseball bats from forest to field for everyone from little leaguers to Hall of Fame caliber players.

Handcrafting Zen Chairs in Japan

At the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, world-renowned woodworker Tak Yoshino creates custom, handcrafted chairs that promote proper and healthy posture through the practice of Zen. As a result of his chairs receiving worldwide acclaim and an increasing number of woodworkers learning Japanese carpentry from Tak, he is currently building a woodworking school with sustainably harvested timber from his own forest.

From Portable to Production Sawmilling in New York State

On the outskirts of Buffalo, New York in the small town of Holland, is the hard-working family sawmilling business Holland Timber Company. Starting as a portable sawmill for homeowners, the business has evolved to a production mill supplying cabinetry, flooring, and pallet manufacturers throughout the Northeast United States.

Caribbean Family Grows Woodworking Business with Portable Sawmill

On a small Caribbean island, a family-owned sawmilling shop is providing handcrafted wood furniture, woodworking repairs, and lumber sales to customers as far away as the United States.

Sawmilling and Horse Logging in Western North Carolina

Sometimes the size of a business is less important than the potential impact a company can have on the community it serves. Mountain Works’ core approach to business revolves around its function as a demonstration project seeking to bring about change in the way most forestry and agriculture is done in America.

Fourth Generation Farm Sawmilling in the Pacific Northwest

Wilcox Family Farms, well-known as one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most successful producers of egg products, is operated today by the fourth generation of the Wilcox family. The operation located in Roy, Washington manages 1,500 acres of extensively timbered farm, a network of food processing plants throughout the Northwest United States, an 800 cow dairy herd, and feed mills. Recently, the annual $200 million dollar company celebrated its first century in business with a complete restructuring of its business model by moving away from commodity products and towards organic, cage free, and other value added egg products.

Crafting Fine Handmade Furniture in Tasmania

Recognized as one of Tasmania’s finest wood furniture craftsmen, fourth generation woodworker Craig Howard turns sustainable sourced timber into handmade furniture in Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart.

Durability and Tradition Drives Family Timber Framing Business

Ogonek Custom Hardwoods in East-Central Ohio grew out of a family's love for a place that represents much more than an investment. With deep family roots, Dan and his family enjoy building and assembling timber frames with their LT50 sawmill.

Making end grain cutting boards in Nova Scotia

Located on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, Larch Wood handcrafts wooden end grain cutting boards from sustainably managed and harvested larch trees. In addition to its beautiful colouring and grain patterns, Larch Wood specialises in end grain cutting boards because they are durable and feature a self-healing cutting surface.

Family Sawmilling Business Producing Pallet and Grade Lumber in Northwest Ohio

The family-owned and operated L. Garbers & Sons Sawmill in Northwest Ohio was established in 1997 by Luther and Kathryn Garbers and their two sons David and Marty. What started out as a side business with a portable sawmill has grown into a full-time operation with a high-production industrial sawmilling system producing pallet material, cut stock, blocking, and grade lumber in Wauseon, Ohio.

Former Electrician Builds Dream Home in British Columbia

With eight years of hard work and dedication, along with a few helpers and a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill, Nathan accomplished his lifelong dream of building his own home.

Sawing Hardwood for Lobster Traps on Prince Edward Island

Cody and Ashley Koke run Timber Koke’s Sawmill, a custom milling operation in Brooklyn, Prince Edward Island. Established in 2015, Timber Koke’s specializes in supplying hardwood material for lobster traps as well as dimensional lumber for both homeowners and professional clients.

Valley View Cedar Producer Builds Business in British Columbia

Located on two acres in Kamloops, British Columbia, Valley View Industries produces and sells a variety of cedar products including gazebos, fencing, and more to customers throughout North America and Japan.

Sawmill Provides Environmental and Economic Benefits for Community Forest in British Columbia

Harrop-Procter Community Co-op in southeastern British Columbia, Canada is sustainably managing the community forest while also benefiting the local economy and community.

Sawing Heavy Timbers for Movie Sets in Alberta

Fifth generation Brooks Sawmill in Alberta, Canada produces lumber, beams, and heavy timbers for high-profile movie sets, log homes, furniture, and landowners.

Reclaiming Old Growth Timber in Saskatchewan

Lincoln Dobson of Last Mountain Timber Wrighting in Saskatchewan turns reclaimed wood from demolished buildings into timber frame structures, building components, and heirloom-quality furniture.

Salvaging Urban Timber in Vancouver

Eric Savics and Danny Hagge established Van Urban Timber to produce live-edge slabs and custom wood furniture from locally salvaged urban trees in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Manufacturing Fish and Produce Boxes in New Brunswick

G.L. Wood Products in New Brunswick, Canada manufactures a variety of wood products including wooden boxes, pallets, stickers & laths, and dunnage with two Wood-Mizer six-head horizontal resaws.

Wooden Footbridges & Signage Unlock The English Countryside for the Public

Brampton Woodworks is an English carpentry workshop that specializes in building wooden footbridges and footpath signs. Recently, the number of orders from local authorities was increasing and they needed to purchase a new portable sawmill which would increase capacity and boost productivity. After thorough research they invested in the new Wood-Mizer LX450 twin rail sawmill.

Scottish Wood Sawmill Successfully Utilizing Local Scottish Timber

In Dunfermline, a little village north of Edinburgh, Scottish Wood has grown substantially over the past 20 years. They are a social enterprise - a charity which owns a sawmill and supplies local builders with locally grown timber.

Saved by a Sawmill in the Congo

The curious tale of one tree’s late night attack on a Wood-Mizer sawmill, and of the sawmill’s brave defense that saved the lives of two boys who happened to be sleeping in a building next to it.

Malaysian Schoolteacher Achieves Dream of His Own Woodworking Venture

In the East Coast region of Malaysia, Mohd Nazmie is a schoolteacher, woodworker, and sawmiller who salvages trees that otherwise would have been burned. He produces and sells live-edge furniture for friends and local clients thanks to an investment in an LT15 portable sawmill that has opened up a whole niche industry to himself.

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