Is it still retirement when you live in the bush?

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On 44 acres of a wooded lot in the township of Dalhousie, in Eastern Ontario, George Fisher has made a comfortable retirement for himself....
portable sawmill business

Portable Sawmills and the Environment

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As the manager of a family tree farm in southwest Missouri, I find it ironic that the tools I use to improve the health...
Mobile Sawmill

Where and How Can I Sell the Lumber I Cut on My Sawmill?

The best part about running a portable sawmill is being out on a beautiful day with a light breeze at your back (blowing the...
Large Macrocarpa Log

Sawing Imperfect Logs

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When I first started running a portable sawmill, I was confident every board was going to be free of defects; I would have a...

Sawing Oddball Logs

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One of the greatest joys of running a sawmill (in addition to exercise and fresh air), is opening up a log to see the...

Blade Guides – Roller or Ceramic?

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Blade guides come in two basic designs—block guides (usually ceramic) and roller guides. If you’ve been on any sawmill forums, such as Norwood’s “Sawmill...
Hydraulic Portable Sawmill

Upgrading Your Portable Band Sawmill

Operating a portable sawmill opens up a world of possibilities, both as a source of building material and as a source of income. When...

Portable Sawmill Quality

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  Quality-Built in the USA & Canada - Where is the sawmill made and by who?  It's not uncommon to see Chinese and Polish-made mills...
International Log Measurement Scale

Measuring Logs and Lumber Using Different Scales

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When is a board foot not a board foot? Most of the time, as it turns out.  You probably already know that a 2x4...
Tree Diversity in the North America

Milling Different Tree Species

In the Missouri Ozarks, there is a plethora of tree species to keep things interesting at the sawmill. Technically the forest is classified as...