I am in this as a sawmill business -- to make enough money to cover my costs (gas, parts/maintenance on my equipment, repaying loans, insurance, annual fees of many types, and a host of other things) and hopefully have a little left to live on, but I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t enjoy working with wood and discovering what beauty lies hidden inside a log.  So I thank my Lord every day for the opportunity to do what I love, for His gifts of hard physical work and fresh air, and for the opportunity to see His bountiful gift of trees used to their fullest potential.

   A while back, a friend of mine told me he had a large walnut tree fall, so he was looking for a sawyer to cut it into lumber.  After searching unsuccessfully for a sawyer, he gave up and hacked it up into firewood!  When I got done sobbing hysterically and using up half a box of Kleenex*, I resolved that no beautiful-piece-of-furniture-to-be was going in the wood pile if I had anything to say about it! Understandably, big sawmills are afraid of urban trees, lest they hit something "non-wood" and ruin a very expensive blade. But there's just too much beautiful lumber out there to waste, and portable bandsaw blades are more economical to replace.

   First of all, I’m a woodworker.  Not an artisan by any means, but I’ve made some furniture that looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.  Here's a solid cherry partner's desk that I made for my daughter Kate and Jordan for their wedding present

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