The Portable Sawmill: A Wonderful Day

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My friend had several large trees cut down on his property. He was willing to give me the logs if I hired somewhat to cut them into boards. There was some huge red oak logs, two smaller white oak logs, and three smaller maple logs. I didn’t know how to go about getting these boards cut up. I found the Wood-Mizer website, which lists sawyers with a Wood-Mizer mill around the state. I called a few and there was no response. Then I called John Newell at Primal Woods, LLC. He immediately eased my anxiety by letting me know he would be able to come on site and saw them up for us, no problem. This was in March. He was making maple syrup for his other business and couldn’t make it until the season was over some time in April. This was no problem. We were in no hurry. As the season ended, we worked out a date in mid-April that turned out to be a cold, sleeting, snowy rainy day, and we all agreed to put it off a few days. We had a very beautiful Saturday, in mid-April to say our logs.

John came on site, set up his portable sawmill and was sawing by 09:00. I requested he saw the white oak quartersawn and gave him the cut list for the thickness I needed. He was very easy to work with, and provided the boards as requested. We cut up the two large oak logs, too. By then, it was getting late in the afternoon and we decided to do the maple logs at another time. There was also another large oak log to do.

John worked hard all day. We could barely keep up with him, cleaning the boards and stacking as they came off the portable sawmill. John really knew what he was doing regarding how to mill logs into boards. His mill was in good condition and had some optional bells and whistles to make the milling more accurate and productive.

I was impressed with the whole experience from the beginning when I first called. I sent him an Xcel spreadsheet of the log sizes and my calculations for board feet. He welcomed the information and confirmed my calculations, somewhat, and corrected as necessary.

I highly recommend Primal Woods for any sawing needs you may have. This was a very quality experience right from the start. John was a pleasure to work with.