It’s not every day you need a sawmill operator to slice up a log that’s come into your possession, but when you do they can be hard to find. They don’t exactly grow on trees (sorry about that). Another problem is the nearly impossible task of moving a heavy log to a sawmill site.
Wood-Mizer, maker of portable sawmills capable of handling large logs, has solved both problems. The company now offers an online directory of portable sawmill services operating throughout the United States. I checked out the directory and found it well populated with portable mill owners who offer custom cutting services. These sawyers may also be a source for lumber.
You’ll also find helpful information on Wood-Mizer’s web site about working with a sawyer.
Over the years, I’ve used a portable sawmill service to saw up a couple logs. One log was a prize black cherry from my backyard that had died, the other a massive black walnut that was taken down in a neighbor’s yard. I air-dried the material and consider the lumber a prized possession.