SAVE 15% + FREE SHIPPING on DoubleHard Sawmill Blades. Ends August 31st.

Wood-Mizer Canada Headquarters will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Wood-Mizer Canada Headquarters will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Wood-Mizer Canada Headquarters will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Wood-Mizer Announces Personal Best Contest Winners

By Chase Warner, Wood-Mizer

Wood-Mizer announces winners of their Personal Best Contest - a tradition since 1985 that recognizes Wood-Mizer sawmill owners who have built dream woodworking projects by sawing their own lumber. The contest is open to any Wood-Mizer sawmill owner in North America interested in competing for their share of $20,000 in prize credits awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each of eight categories.

Mack Lowery of Terry, Mississippi won first place in the Homes and Major Structures category for building a 2,600-square-foot timber frame home. “I could not have done this project without a heavy-duty and reliable sawmill,” said Lowery.

Ralph Aartun of Pickens, South Carolina won first place in the Exterior Projects category for building a stunning timber frame display. “This project will allow us to display our exceptional craftsmanship,” said Aartun. “The variety of textured finishes demonstrates the versatility of our Wood-Mizer sawmill.”

Nathan Brown of Barnardsville, North Carolina won first place in the Creative Showcase category for building a mobile solar kiln. “The beauty of this project would not have been possible without my Wood-Mizer,” said Brown.

Winning projects from this year’s contest are featured in a special edition of The Wood-Mizer Way magazine.

Wood-Mizer 2017 Personal Best Contest Winners

Homes and Major Structures

Small Homes and Cabins

First Place: Mack Lowery – Terry, Mississippi

First Place: Charles Swindler – Bayfield, Colorado

Second Place: Thomas Harger – Havana, Arkansas

Second Place: Bruce Anfinson – Helena, Montana

Third Place: Reagan Dunn – Bellevue, Washington

Third Place: Todd Bahneman – Marlboro, Maryland

Large Barns and Garages

Small Barns and Sheds

First Place: Dave Johnson – Craftsbury, Vermont

First Place: Herbert Butterfield – Charlotte, Michigan

Second Place: Tom Novellino – Savannah, Tennessee

Second Place: Curtis Harrison – New Limerick, Maine

Third Place Tie: Nicholas Spooner - Topsham, Vermont

Third Place Tie: Brian Colbenson – Spring Valley, Wisconsin

Third Place Tie: Cody Moore – Perry, Kansas

Third Place Tie: Gaston Bazinet – St-Charles sur Richelieu, Quebec

Interior Projects

Exterior Projects

First Place: Eric Means – Wichita, Kansas

First Place: Ralph Aartun – Pickens, South Carolina

Second Place: Rickey Coffey – Falkville, Alabama

Second Place: David Miller – Summerville, South Carolina

Third Place: Joshua Coleman – Mountain View, Hawaii

Third Place Tie: Tommy Gorum – Hayden, Alabama


Third Place Tie: Andrew Spalt – Marshfield, Massachusetts


Creative Showcase

First Place: Dan Conder – Cicero, Indiana

First Place: Nathan Brown – Barnardsville, North Carolina

Second Place: Jorge Peña – Merced, California

Second Place: Charles DeGreek – Ceres, California

Third Place: Rusty Sears – Front Royal, Virginia

Third Place: Jason Lawson – Corrigan, Texas

People’s Choice Award

Nathan Elliott – Kingsport, Tennessee

About Wood-Mizer

Since 1982, Wood-Mizer has earned the reputation as a leading wood processing equipment manufacturer with a strong legacy from its innovative sawmilling products. From forest to final form, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of equipment including narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, wideband sawmilling equipment, resaws, edgers, kilns, molders/planers, firewood processing equipment, pallet recycling equipment, material handling equipment, bandsaw blades, and blade maintenance equipment for woodworking and forestry hobbyists and professionals all over the world. For more than 35 years, Wood-Mizer has provided top quality wood processing equipment and exceptional customer service for people who want the freedom of processing timber into lumber and valuable wood products for projects or production.

Subscribe to Receive Email Updates
Be the first to hear about new products, promotions, customer projects, and more with our free Wood-Mizer Newsletter. Sign up today!