Outstanding Millwork and a Pleasure to Work With

I initially contacted John Newell from Primal Woods over a year ago when I first started looking for someone who could bring a portable saw mill to our property. Our forester was putting together a timber sale for our property with a primary goal of habit management, and we knew we were going to have some nice oak and maple available for milling. We had not done any logging or millwork before, and John provided some valuable advice along the way regarding the types of trees to select, how the logs should be sealed, where they should be staged, etc., which was greatly appreciated.

The loggers finally came this past winter, and John drove out last weekend to mill the logs they set aside for us. John did an outstanding job with the millwork, taking great care with the set-up of each log and providing solid advice on how to get the best type of lumber from the logs. He milled plain sawn red oak, white oak, and red maple as well as quarter sawn red oak and white oak from twenty-two, 10+ foot long, 15” – 22” diameter logs. My wife, son, daughter, and I all pitched in to help move the lumber, broom the sawdust off, sticker it, and stack it, and even with all of this help, we could often barely keep up with John.

After two solid days of work, we had 2,190 bf of some really nice hardwood boards. I have purchased a bit of rough-sawn lumber over the last twenty-five years of woodworking, and John produced some of the best milled lumber I have seen.

Not only was John great to work with, but he was also a delight to talk with and get to know a bit over the course of the weekend, and I hope to have more logs for him to mill for us in the future. Thanks, John!

Paul Taylor