John and Geri Newell founded Primal Woods because they wanted to further their lives in a way that brought them closer to the earth, their community, and each other. They left the corporate world, the city and the suburbs, and moved to a rural home in Southwest Michigan. There they are living the Primal Woods Life.
“Beyond a physical move, this was also a move towards greater self-sufficiency, a reliance on local resources and people for those things we cannot or choose not to provide for ourselves,” says John Newell. “It was also a move toward a business that serves the community, including suppliers, employees, and customers, as well as ourselves.” If you want to know more about us, or what we are up to, check out the following blog posts:
- Resilient and Sustainable Fresh Water Systems
- Sustainable Heat – Year 2 of Our Journey
- Making a Living, and a Life
- White-Tailed Deer Tree Stand Safety
- Paleo f(x) 2017 #pfx17 Recap – 4 Recommendations for Radically Improving Health
- I’m a List Guy
- Life’s Work
- Lessons from A Beginner in the Field
- A Calling
- Top 7 Messages from The Land Ethic Reclaimed MOOC
The homestead includes a sizable woods, and our early experiments included gardening, beekeeping, maple syruping, hunting, wood products, soap making, and an ongoing exploration into forest products and forest management in general. Some of these experiments have come to form the three facets of Primal Woods, the Sawyers (including portable saw mill and Alaskan chainsaw mill services), the Sugarers (including Pure Michigan Maple Syrup and raw honey), and the Soapers. Click on any area above to learn more. And after learning about our services, Contact Us to see how we may serve you. We are a Veteran Owned, BBB Accredited Business.
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The Maple syrup is to die for. Naturally sweet and delicious my family loves it. It is great in oatmeal, on pancakes and French toast.
Primal Woods Maple syrup bottles were a hugely popular present for those people that have everything… But I did keep a couple of bottles for myself to make pecan and maple syrup granola: another well received gift for the holidays
I was faced with the difficult task of having to cut down two mature Sugar Maple trees that my great-grandfather planted 70+ years ago. These were located near a house and other trees, so they had to be taken down carefully. I wanted to put these sentimentally-valuable trees to a higher use than just firewood, so I knew that Primal Woods’ portable sawmill service was the way to go.
John was an absolute professional, he showed up early, laid the trees down with care and precision, then cut the tree into pieces based on the optimal use of each portion. The trunks branched out fairly low, so they weren’t ideal “saw logs,” but John was still able to maneuver them onto the WoodMizer and milled up a bunch of beautiful slabs that we’ll use for tables and other furniture, and 1x maple that we’ll use for hardwood flooring in the new house we’re building. The WoodMizer was an awesome machine to behold, buzzing through hard maple with ease and with a much cleaner cut than a circular-saw or chainsaw type mill.
John worked all day in the summer heat (90+) and was on-site until dusk, making the best use of the mill in the time that he had there. I would heartily recommend Primal Woods to anyone and look forward to having them come back to mill up some other trees that I have to remove!