From Farming to Custom Sawmilling in Alberta
Looking for a change of pace, farmer Dave Slingerland seized the opportunity to buy HC Forest Products, a custom sawmilling company in southern Alberta. More than a decade later, Dave has no regrets.
Sawing Lumber for Cabins in Michigan
Steve Kesti, owner of Backwoods Lumber and volunteer firefighter, uses his Wood-Mizer LT40 hydraulic portable sawmill and MP260 planer/moulder to produce and sell lumber for cabins, chicken coops, siding, flooring and other products in Michigan, USA.
Sawmilling Island Specialty Timbers in Tasmania
Island Specialty Timbers in Tasmania, Australia, utilize an LT70 Super Hydraulic portable sawmill and other wood processing equipment to ensure that customers enjoy all the benefits of the unique wood species growing on the island.
Building an Island Dream Home off the British Columbia Coast
On the secluded Gambier Island off the British Columbia Coast, Mike Collier utilized his Wood-Mizer LT15 portable sawmill to turn local trees into lumber in order to build his dream project: a beautiful island home.
Farming and Sawing Live Edge Slabs in Indiana
Fourth-generation farmer Adrian Hood and his father Randy are growing a successful sawmill business which includes the production of high-value live edge wood slabs, heirloom furniture, and dimensional lumber with a Wood-Mizer wide cut sawmill and slab flattening mill.
Saskatchewan Sawmiller Doubles Production with Wood-Mizer Portable Sawmill
Christiansen Lumber in northwestern Saskatchewan, Canada doubles production and maximizes lumber recovery with a Wood-Mizer LT70 electric sawmill.
Mathematics Professor Builds Cedar Chapel by the Salish Sea
Five feet from the shore of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada stands a majestic cedar chapel artfully crafted from locally salvaged dead cedar trees by 80-year-old retired mathematics professor Lowell Hinrichs and his Wood-Mizer portable sawmill.
Expanding the Narrow Gate Through Woodworking
The Narrow Gate Foundation has helped more than 500 young men discover a relationship with Jesus Christ while finding and pursuing their life’s purpose through woodworking.
Australian Sawmill Provides Timber for Rural Properties
Select-A-Fence located in New South Wales, Australia provides property development and timber construction for people who are escaping to the country or need a property upgrade for their rural lifestyle.
British Columbia Sawmill Focuses On High Demand Wood Products
Morris Sawmill and Lumber supplies sawn timber for custom homes, wood decks, and fences in British Columbia with a Wood-Mizer LT40 hydraulic portable sawmill.
The Joys of Working with Wood
Retired police officer Gary Phillips is using his 45 acre woodlot in Nova Scotia and Wood-Mizer LT35 hydraulic portable sawmill to help people struggling with PTSD.
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.
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.
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.
Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow for English Carpenter
Paul Grainger is an engineer at heart. Whether it’s restoring motorcycles, repairing farm machinery or building timber-framed roofs, he can turn his hand to it. An eye for detail and a healthy dose of passion for carpentry has seen him build a diverse, busy business across North Yorkshire in England. Having three Wood-Mizer LT40 sawmills since starting the business has helped him go from selling waste wood on eBay to becoming an intrinsic part of a multi-million-pound restoration project at a luxury rural hotel.
Reclaiming Urban Timber in Pennsylvania
Steve Ebner and his daughter Rebecca run Manayunk Timber, an urban sawmill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Established in 1984, Manayunk Timber specializes in reclaiming old growth, high quality wood from 19th century Philadelphia buildings and offering local, sustainable lumber for restoration, renovation, custom woodworking, and new construction projects.
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.
Sawmilling Native Timbers in Tasmania
Tasmanian Native Timbers is a boutique family-owned sawmill and timber supply business based in the Northwest of Tasmania, Australia. Our sawmill had been operated at the same location for more than ten years when we took over the business from the previous owner. It has been run by the Bird family including myself, Helen and Nelson for just over 3 years.
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.
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.
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.
Sawing Logs and Moulding Finished Flooring in Scotland
Just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, Sandy Crook has retired from his full time tree surgeon business to spend more time with what he really enjoys, seeing timber turned into final products. With his full complement of Wood-Mizer sawmills and new MP360 planer/moulder, he can do everything in-house.
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.
Farming & Sawmilling in the Swiss Alps
Heini Hutter uses a personal sawmill to make lumber for repairs and improvements on his organic mountain farm in Switzerland.
Salvaged Trees Provide Materials for Creating a Living-Roof Arbour
Arborist Jeremy Harper removes and repurposes would-be waste trees into beautiful projects including a living garden arbor at his family home in the United Kingdom.
From Log To Modulog in Wales
In order to manage their woodland profitably, a Welsh father and son timber framing team has developed modular cabins built with timber from their own trees, demonstrating how thoughtful woodland management encourages innovative ways of preserving forests.
One LT15 Sawmill Produces Timber for 50,000 Beehives in Zambia
Developed by missionary philanthropist John Enright, a co-op style honey initiative, is taking off in Zambia, and improving lives for the 10,000 individuals already involved.
German Logger Expands into Sawmilling With LT15
Ever since his childhood, Maik Retz always felt at home in the forest. Growing up two hours west of Berlin in a rural farming and forestry area, he knew he wanted to make forestry his career. His father started a business producing firewood and fencing material more than 40 years ago, and Maik started working in the business in 1994. Maik now operates the business with his brother and one other employee.
Portable Sawmill Helps Scottish Teacher Prove Viability of Traditional Woodcraft
James Thomson of Glenrothes, Scotland started Thomson Timber in 2007. Previously trained as a mechanical design engineer, he had worked in Australia and Edinburgh before returning home and taking up teaching woodworking for twenty years.
Farmers Find Profits in Processing English Oak
The WM1000, which can cut logs up to 1.7m diameter in the centre, was originally designed to meet demand for a cost-effective machine to saw tropical hardwood logs in Asia and Africa, but at Copford Farm Sawmill in Sussex it is proving its worth cutting large diameter oak prized for top grade joinery as well as quarter-sawn material for furniture.