Doug and his wife, Natalia, run their own business, Blackhawk Mill Works. Doug handles production; Natalia does all the online advertising. Together, they've found a formula for woodworking business success!

Doug and his wife, Natalia, run their own business, Blackhawk Mill Works. Doug handles production; Natalia does all the online advertising. Together, they’ve found a formula for woodworking business success!

We posted a story about Texas TimberKing Owner, Doug Caroselli, when he made the news helping his town clear flood-downed trees with his TimberKing 2000 sawmill. Today, he tells us San Marcos has recovered and his sawing business has grown 55% – 65%. What’s his secret? His TimberKing sawmill and SOCIAL MEDIA.

“I started a welding and metal fabrication shop 14 years ago and transitioned into the sawing business a couple years ago. It’ll be three years in March.

Business is growing fast

Doug has HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of photos of his work on his Facebook page! They sure get customers' attention, and that's helped his business grow fast.

Doug and Natalia have HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of photos of Doug’s work on their Facebook page! They sure get customers’ attention, and that’s helped their business grow fast.

Business is growing fast. We saw lumber, kiln dry it, and sell it as rough cut or planed and sanded. We make furniture but these days we’re making less furniture and selling more lumber to homeowners, wood turners, craftsmen, and custom furniture makers.

I saw slabs with my TimberKing 2000 2-1/4″ to 4” thick, book matched. We deal with all local, native Texas woods. Pecan, cypress, cedar, walnut, and also Osage orange – it’s also called Bodark. It’s a very dense and hard wood! I inlay turquoise in some of my projects. I get it in bulk from a place in Arizona.

I do the sawing and we have a couple college students helping on the weekends. My wife does the advertising. She posts a lot on social media and we get probably ten or fifteen sales a week just from do-it-yourself people. And we get a lot of repeat customers.

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Customers spend a couple hundred to a couple thousand

Folks will drive in from two or three hours away or more. We’ve had customers from as far away as Utah and Colorado. They’ll come and spend anything from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand. They’re using our lumber to make shelving, coffee tables, end tables, big book-matched dining room tables, media centers, and more. Just the other day a woman came in and bought beautiful pecan boards, 12” by 5’, for shelving in her million-dollar home.

BEFORE -- This is one handsome dining room table. Solid wood with plenty of character.

BEFORE — This is one handsome dining room table. Solid wood with plenty of character.

I originally bought the TimberKing 2000. I upgraded to the optional diesel engine. I prefer diesel. A diesel engine has more torque than a gas engine and I can store diesel fuel without worrying about it degrading like gasoline does.

There’s money to be made in sawing

Just shy of three years in business, things have grown as much between 55% and 65%! There’s money to be made in sawing. I attribute our growth to social media. We have good ads on social media with lots of pictures of our milled products. And we get great response to our online videos.

 

AFTER -- Now it's practically a museum piece with a deep, rich finish and turquoise inlay. Outstanding, Doug!

AFTER — Now it’s a work of art with a deep, rich finish and turquoise inlay. Outstanding, Doug!

“Business is growing and I need a bigger saw!”

Business is growing and I need a bigger saw. Between floods and hurricanes, there’s no lack of trees to harvest here. I’m buying a new TimberKing 2200. TimberKing is even helping me sell the old one. I considered getting the biggest 2500 but I just don’t need its dual log turners and log dogs.

 

I’ve been very satisfied with TimberKing saws and the TimberKing company. I appreciate the great customer service and the flow of information I get from the Factory. They’ve always answered all my questions!”

— Doug Caroselli, Blackhawk Millworks, San Marcos TX

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We recently sent out an email that we had taken a good, used TimberKing in trade. Here’s what one TimberKing owner emailed back…

Hi Will —

A bigger TimberKing mill is in the future for me. Until then my TimberKing 1400 is a fine workhorse.

I’d trade in my 1400 today but you couldn’t make a new TimberKing 2000 fast enough for me. I can’t afford the down time. I’m running two shifts and it’s not my busy season yet. Note the LED lights I added to the machine for night shift sawing.

I demonstrated my mill for some interested soon-to-be sawyers last weekend on the same day as my wife’s rummage sale. At times we had 75 or more people watching us and we picked up much work. I let a neighbor run the saw just to show how easily anyone can make quality lumber. I think he will have a job with me soon because he did well.

The most common comments from the crowd were about the finish quality that challenges the term “rough sawn lumber.” Those TimberKing Ultra Blades zing through the big pine logs fast and clean!

— Eric

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“I got my TimberKing as a business endeavor. I have a bunch of projects and I couldn’t find anybody to do quality sawing for me. Now I saw for myself and others. I work in a shipyard during the day. I have very long days so sometimes I saw when I come home at night. That’s why I installed LED lights on my mill.

Lights

I’m doing custom sawing and making specialty lumber for other people. I saw every species there is in Wisconsin: oak, maple, walnut, popple, and more. Business is pretty good, I’m really busy.

Sawing demo drew crowds, stirred up business

My wife had an idea about how to advertise my sawing business. I set up and ran my mill while she was having a rummage sale. I had a lot of people watching and I picked up a lot of jobs and contracts. When people see the saw running, they get pretty interested.

Sawyer at work

Welds vs. bolts

I bought this mill as an investment, not as a hobby. I chose TimberKing basically because of the construction. TimberKing’s steel frame was all welded. I tow it to locations down back roads so I need welded strength. Other sawmills are bolted together and just feel tinny.

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Big Log BackThis 1400 is tough — I’ve loaded 5,000 lb. logs onto it. I chose the 1400 over the TimberKing 1220 because of the bigger capacity and throat size.

The TimberKing has a big cut throat. The design lets you see the blade very well. You can see exactly what you’re cutting with that wide open throat. That’s a big selling point when you’re sawing barn beams. It’ll take logs up to 34” diameter. I’ve cut bigger diameter logs when I’ve chainsawed them down a little.

slabs

It’s very versatile with an expandable design: I can expand the bed length by adding bed sections without making a major investment.

Truckload

Bigger mill?

I’m running two shifts and it isn’t even my busy season! If business stays good, I will probably trade up to a bigger TimberKing because I do max-out the 1400. Maybe TimberKing’s 2000 or the 2200.

Challenges the term ‘rough sawn lumber’12b89b367cbec38f9a3059fe0ee2e533--wood-mill-lumber-mill

People used to saw with old-fashioned circle mills. The big, rusty circular saw blades would wobble a lot and leave a rough surface. And they’d cut boards uneven thicknesses. That’s rough cutting. The TimberKing’s sharp bandsaw blade leaves the surface so smooth, I don’t have to put boards through a planer. Sometimes you can just sand them and use them as they come off the mill. When I do sand, I put the board on the floor and use my floor sander!”

— Eric Kurowski, TimberKing 1400 Owner, Sobieski WI

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John (left) and his son, Selik, are a sawing team with John's TimberKing 2200 Diesel. Here they remove a freshly-sawn slab.

John (left) and his son, Selik, are a sawing team with John’s TimberKing 2200 Diesel. Here they remove a freshly-sawn slab.

“My oldest son, Selik, wants to go to the Naval Academy and become a Navy Seal. He needs money, of course, and wanted to get a job. A conventional job conflicts with school and sports and I didn’t want him to give that up. He and I have ended up sawing together so he can earn money.

Closely supervised sawing’s a good job for my son and we have three younger boys behind him — Logan, Preston, and Kyler who’ll get into it when they’re old enough. Selik’s under my strict supervision as we saw and TimberKing gives me a sense of safety because you operate everything from the Command Post.

John's son earns money and John blows off some steam sawing together. Here they handle a 16' log with room to spare on the mill's bed.

John’s son earns money and John blows off some steam sawing together. Here they handle a 16′ log with room to spare on the mill’s bed.

All the work they can handle

We saw for others and we have more sawing than we want to do, and we do it on our schedule. We’re the right sawyers for you if you need it done but you don’t need it tomorrow.

We do custom sawing so it doesn’t interfere with Selik’s school or sports. We don’t advertise; we’ve just gotten the word out to a few people we know. A friend is building a barn and we sawed beams for him. Another friend is building a cabin. We charge a fair price and we get that and more. We handle production that bigger mill operations don’t want to mess with.

Meet the Hopper boys - tomorrow's TimberKing sawyers. Left to right: Logan, Preston, Kyler, and Selik. John's, at right, is duly proud of his four sons.

Meet the Hopper boys – tomorrow’s TimberKing sawyers. Left to right: Logan, Preston, Kyler, and Selik. John, at right, is duly proud of his four sons.

He’s on his third TimberKing sawmill

I’ve owned three TimberKing sawmills. My first one was a TimberKing 1220; an extension of my woodworking hobby. Friends owned a family farm and I sawed oak logs for them. I played around with sawing, making decking for trailers and so on.

We moved and I had no place to set up the 1220 so I sold it. We moved again and came across an opportunity to buy 100 acres. We suddenly had 100 acres of trees, 40 of them in hardwoods. So I bought a TimberKing 1600.

Looking down the barrel of the TimberKing 2200. Making sawdust's easy because every control is in easy reach from the stationary Command Post

Looking down the barrel of the TimberKing 2200. Making sawdust’s easy because every control is in easy reach from the stationary Command Post

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The 1600 was a good saw but it didn’t have log turners at that time. This was a good excuse to get a bigger mill. I thought of getting the TimberKing 2000 but ended up getting a 2200.

When I thought about getting a bigger saw, I visited a friend who has a Wood-Mizer. It’s pretty nice but not as robust or well-built as TimberKing. I run six Bobcat dealerships in the Carolinas and Georgia so I know electronics like Wood-Mizer uses. They can cause mechanical problems. Conversely, TimberKing’s built to minimize problems. Control circuits are well routed with good connections. They’re very well made and really bulletproof.

This TimberKing sawyer shows off a healthy loads of logs on their way to the Hopper sawlot.

This TimberKing sawyer shows off a healthy loads of logs on their way to the Hopper sawlot.

Sold his mills for more than he paid

I owned a 1220, then a 1600, and sold both for more than I paid for them. Now I have the 2200 with the Kubota diesel engine. I have lots of experience with diesel. It gives you tons of power, it’s easy to maintain, bulletproof, and lasts forever.

All this started as a hobby then it turns out my older son and I can make some money sawing. I love my day job but it’s nice to spend time making sawdust, blowing off steam, and helping my son make money on the side. I’m not trying to make a living with a TimberKing but at the same time my spare time is very valuable to me. The last thing I want is a mill that won’t start or has electrical problems.

If you’re thinking of getting a sawmill, you can’t go wrong with TimberKing. If you can, go up one size bigger than you think you need because the extra features you get are nice.”

— John Hopper, TimberKing Owner, Moore SC

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Here's a man who plans ahead. Michael Stalnaker stacks his slabs out of the way on the TimberKing's log lifters and offloads sawn boards right into the back of his pickup

Here’s a man who plans ahead. Michael Stalnaker stacks his slabs out of the way on the TimberKing’s log lifters and offloads sawn boards right into the back of his pickup

“I worked in the trades for 42 years. I was a journeyman millwright, working in plants setting up equipment like turbines in coal mines, milling machines, welding, and more. Everything we did was very precise, within thousandths of an inch. I built my own home. In fact, I’ve built two or three homes over the years.

As a millwright, you’re supposed to be able to do just about anything so I ended up knowing a lot about machinery. I researched all the mills that are available and went with TimberKing. They’re simple, very well built mechanically, and they have a lot of hydraulics.

Michael Stalnaker worked for many years as a millwright. Now, in retirement, he's starting a saw milling business with his TimberKing 2000

Michael Stalnaker worked for many years as a millwright. Now, in retirement, he’s starting a saw milling business with his TimberKing 2000

I chose TimberKing’s 2000 mill because of my age and my recent full shoulder replacement. It has full hydraulics and will take logs up to 36” diameter. Most of what I saw is between 24” and 36”.

I once ran a Wood-Mizer mill. Looking at it as a mechanic, it’s a good saw but there are times when there’s variation in board thickness. It had solenoids, electronics, switches and so on that can go out. Plus, it has a single-post cantilevered head that isn’t as mechanically stable as TimberKing’s 4-Post Head. For the same price, I could buy a TimberKing and from my point of view it’s a better saw.

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What would YOU do with an excavator and 3,500 acres of standing timber?

What would YOU do with an excavator and 3,500 acres of standing timber?

Sings through logs

I got the TimberKing 2000 with the Kubota 35HP diesel engine and it sings through logs. It has more power than you know what to do with! I don’t know how you could bog it down. I got TimberKing’s debarker , too. It’s worth the money because it takes off the rocks and dirt.

Big plans

I’m going to set up a retirement business as an LLC, a limited liability corporation. I’ll make timber frames like the timber frame shed I’m building to house my TimberKing. I’ll buy a chain mortiser to make mortices. I bought a Woodmaster Molder/Planer to make trim and finished lumber for folks around here. Then I’ll get a dry kiln to dry the lumber.

lifting log 640

The 725 Woodmaster had a good price on it. I got Woodmaster’s Super Pro Pack that includes their 3-Side Molding System and the Spiral Cutterhead. This molder/planer will work well with my sawmill. From my millwright days, I think it pays to get the best.

3,500 wooded acres

I fell and saw my own trees — maple, hemlock, red oak, poplar, and other trees native to West Virginia. My wife’s family owns 3,500 acres that haven’t been logged since ’66. I have all kinds of access with my excavator and trailer. I already have a pile of logs ready to saw, maybe 8,000 to 10,000 board feet in all.

We think every home should have a TK mill in the side yard!

We think every home should have a TimberKing mill in the side yard!

Treated me like a real person

I think the world of the TimberKing staff. I picked up my TimberKing at the factory and they treated me real well, like a person. The mill is American-made so I know I’ll get good service. They showed me how to run the saw and I sawed some logs right there. I even got a tour of their plant in the limestone caves. That was a surprise!

— Michael Stalnaker, TimberKing & Woodmaster Owner, Mount Nebo WV

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Napa, CA 1Here’s a fiercely independent California sawyer who says the TimberKing 1220 handles FAR MORE than TimberKing says it does. What do you think?

“First of all, I don’t like working for other people”

“I’m 60-some years old, originally from the East Coast, and I’ve been in California for 10 years. I’m a furniture maker by trade and I’ve worked in the woods and with sawmills the better part of my life. I don’t like working for other people and owning this TimberKing 1220 helps me not have to.

I used to make a lot of high-end furniture, but nowadays, people in California seem to lean toward primitive-looking interior and exterior furniture, like 1700’s primitive American styles.

“I think the 1220 will do far more than TK says it will”

I like this TimberKing 1220. Personally, I think TimberKing underrates it. I mean it’ll do far more than they advertise it will. I can put maximum diameter logs on it on a regular basis. The redwood log in my picture is 32” in diameter. I think the 1220 is much more than an entry-level saw and I’d like to see TimberKing promote it that way. It’ll handle wood larger than what it’s rated for. I have one log close to 40” and I probably could do it on the saw if I whittle it down a little. The motor and bed are strong enough. The 1220 may not be as powerful as TimberKing’s upper level saws but it’s robust and really built. It’s a solid saw, no bells and whistles, not hydraulic, very simple, and it gets the job done.

32 redwoodI looked at five or six saw brands. TimberKing people are nice to deal with and everything about the 1220 looked good. I couldn’t afford a bigger model but I saw I could add things like the wheel kit. I collaborated on the wheel kit design with them. And when I have questions or issues I can talk to them and feel they really know their product and are willing to listen. I’ve sent them ideas — they don’t always incorporate my suggestions but they always listen. They’re good folks, that’s what I like about them.

Free Trees

I’m sawing various softwoods like fir, redwoods, and Himalayan Cedar. And hardwoods like eucalyptus, White Oak, sycamore, acacia and other species, too. I air dry what I cut and Napa’s constant breezes are good for air drying. I use thicker stickers between boards than most — 1-1/2” — to let the boards dry quickly. I get 3” thick slabs down to 15% in three months or so. Then it takes another six months to get them down to about 12%.

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How about these handsome redwood raised garden beds? He sawed all these from wood he got for free.

How about these handsome redwood raised garden beds? He sawed $3,600 worth of redwood boards from wood he got for free.

I’m a tree scavenger! I cut responsibly in private stands and work with tree services. I picked up 50 or 60 logs when Pacific Gas and Electric was clearing out some eucalyptus. They were happy because I’m just 15 minutes from where they were cutting instead of them having to haul them 2-1/2 hours to dispose of them.

“What I’ve cut almost pays for my mill”

These days, I’m cutting cants for garden and walkway borders and fence posts. I cut 400 or 500 board feet of redwood to build raised garden beds. I figure that was mixed grade wood worth $9 a board foot. That adds up to at least $3,600 worth of wood, or half the base price of this saw! Add the 5” x 7” x 7-1/2’ cants I’ve sawed, at $4 apiece, and I’ve almost paid for my mill.

His hands-on tips for sawyers.

My advice for those thinking of getting into sawing? Besides a saw, get two cant hooks – 4’ and 6’. Make sure you have a light axe. Get some 8” felling wedges – very handy when you do multiple cuts or cut a log in half. Stick wedges in the open kerf and they’ll lift the wood to prevent binding. Depending on your blade, that’ll help preserve your blade’s set. Get a pulp hook or pickaroon to grab sawn boards off the cant. They help you move stuff around and get a production rhythm going.

And for California sawyers, because of our EPA requirements, you need to use the absolute best grade fuel you can find. I use Chevron 92 octane. Today’s ethanol fuels suck the water out of the air and foul your carb. So if you’re not going to run your saw for a while, drain the carb and run it dry. Keep up with maintenance, tighten the bolts and so on. One other thing — get ready to work because sawing is a workout! Actually, I’m a diabetic and this really helps me.

It’s a pleasure operating this mill and working with TimberKing. It’s a great saw. I don’t have any problems with it.”

— Mr. T.K.A., TimberKing 1220 Owner, Napa CA

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Steve and logs

What’s it take to make YOU happy? For Steve Litz, TK Owner from Columbia, NJ, it’s a mountain of logs and his 1600 TK mill. Oh, and his Talon Edger, too.

steve and mill

“My involvement with sawing started when I was a little kid. Back in 1952 or so, I was five years old. My father ran a lumber and planing mill in southern Vermont and we’d go up in April or May each year and stay as he sawed lumber until the first snow in October or November.

Growing up, I took quite a few industrial arts classes in school. I was in the service from 1969 to 1971, then ended up driving truck. I did that for 41 years and ‘retired’ about 10 years ago. But I didn’t really retire. A friend had property he wanted cleared so I logged it and did logging for another four years. The price of lumber was down so we stopped but since then, the price has come up. I don’t log any more, just saw milling.

He’s outgrown 2 sawmills…so far

People think of New Jersey as urban but I live in a heavily wooded area just a few miles from a 70,000-acre National Recreation Area on the border of northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Delaware Water Gap. There are very large, old trees around here. I’ve sawed 42” diameter white and red oak, probably 200 years old.

I got a sawmill and started sawing pallet wood and firewood with a friend. We outgrew that mill and, seven years ago, I bought a TimberKing 1400 sawmill. I realized pretty quickly I’d rather have hydraulics so I traded the mill back to TimberKing and got their 1600 mill with hydraulics. I’ve had it now since 2012.

Here's Steve's TimberKing Talon Edger. He sets it up as a gang saw and can rip one wide board into four or five 2x4s. Cuts his production time at least in half.

Here’s Steve’s TimberKing Talon Edger. He sets it up as a gang saw and can rip one wide board into four or five 2x4s. Cuts his production time by at least a third.

Two years ago, I bought a TimberKing Talon edger. That’s an absolutely fantastic machine. When I have someone help me, I cut my labor time by one-third. I cut slabs on the TimberKing, and the other person runs them through the edger. It edges, but people may not realize you can set this machine up as a gang rip saw. You can mount up to five blades. I’ve cut five 2×4’s at the same time from one wide board. It’s a big time saver. I recently ran an order for 200 2×4’s in a couple short, six-hour days, no problem.

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“TimberKing’s on your side when it comes to financing”

TimberKing helped me get started in this business. My credit wasn’t the best but they got me into their financing program so I could get started. It’s like they’re on my side, very fair people. Other mill companies weren’t flexible — they wanted 1/3 down, 1/2 down, or even 100% up front. If you work with TimberKing, they’ll work with you. I’ve had lean times some winters and they’ve been great, moving payments around for me.

A TimberKing mill can pay its own way in earnings. I make, on average, $1,000 a week and my payment for the mill and the edger together is about $540 a month.

I have contracts with a couple different pallet companies and I also do a lot of smaller work — a $200 job here, a $300 job there. Lumber for sheds, purlins, that sort of thing. I do mobile sawing, too. I just got done with a job for someone on their site. I charged $1,600 to go mobile for him. It took 5 days. I moved my mill, edger, and skid steer down to his site.

How'd you like a nifty outbuilding like this one? Steve built it with lumber he milled and edged with his TimberKing equipment. Looks like Steve put a woodstove inside to keep things toasty on those cold winter days in the northeast.

How’d you like a nifty outbuilding like this one? Steve built it with lumber he milled and edged with his TimberKing equipment. Looks like Steve put a woodstove inside to keep things toasty on those cold winter days in the northeast.

“I joke around a little with the guys at TimberKing”

I researched a lot of mills and TimberKing was the best deal as far as them wanting to help me get started. They helped me with financing and were the ones you could discuss things with. Their people are A#1. I can’t say enough good about them. I call them up and we joke around a little. You feel like you’re part of the family. With the rapport I have with TimberKing, I wouldn’t buy anything else.

Sure, there are pros and cons to any machinery but at this point in time, I pretty much have carte blanche with TimberKing. When I need a part and am really strapped for time, I can have it here overnight if I need it that fast. Another nice thing is many parts are standard. You can buy some things at a car parts store or a tractor supply store. You can buy parts locally. It’s really a win-win situation.

Steve tells us he saws because he likes to do it. It's sort of a hobby he says. I guess TK owners are like that — they enjoy sawing and they do it in a big way!

Steve tells us he saws because he likes to do it. It’s sort of a hobby he says. I guess TK owners are like that — they enjoy sawing and they do it in a big way!

I’m happy with TimberKing – the people and the mill. The mill’s great. Everything works as designed.  My sawing’s sort of a hobby — I’m doing it at 67 because I like to do it and it keeps me in shape. And I’m not the rocking chair on the back porch kind of person. I’m either fishing, hunting, or running my sawmill. I cannot sit in the house, can’t sit on the couch like a lot of folks do in retirement!

Steven’s advice on TK models

steve portraitI’d wholeheartedly recommend TimberKing to others. My advice: If you want to do sawing as a hobby, their 1220 or 1400 is a good place to start. But don’t handicap yourself. Like they say, ‘bigger is better.’ Smaller mills are great for hobby sawing but if you’re going to do any kind of production work, go at least with the TimberKing 1600. I really work mine hard and it does a great job.”

— Steven Litz, TimberKing 1600 Owner, Columbia NJ

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HAPPINESS is a brand new TimberKing 2000. New customers, Kevin and Diane Hill picked up their mill at our factory and towed it home.

HAPPINESS is a brand new TimberKing 2000. New customers, Kevin and Diane Hill picked up their mill at our factory and towed it home.

Many of our customers have their new TimberKing Sawmills delivered by truck. But quite a few drive to Kansas City to tour our factory and pick up their mills themselves. Kevin and Diane Hill picked up their new TK 2000 and towed it home — 6 hours at 70 MPH. “Pulls down the highway nice,” they told us. But towing it home was just part of their do-it-yourself story.

“We moved to the mountains of Oklahoma — we’re transplants from Texas. We bought 20 acres here over 10 years ago and have been developing it over that time. This is a densely wooded property with cedar, walnut, oak, pine, hickory, and more. When we bought it, you couldn’t even drive into it. It backs up to thousands of acres of National Forest near Blue Mountain.

Serious Do-It-Yourselfers Living Off the Grid

We’re do-it-yourself people. I’m a carpenter by trade. We build for others and ourselves, and we garden – when we can keep the deer out! The first thing we did was clear trees to put in a well and build our home. We had someone mill the trees on an old circle sawmill. Running electricity would have cost $100,000 so we went off the grid with solar electric power. We have 30 solar panels and 20 rechargeable nickel-iron batteries.

We cut more trees and had trouble finding someone to mill them, so we thought why not get our own mill. We’re retired so why not? If all the sawyers around here are so busy, we’ll just do it ourselves.

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So far, we’ve sawed about 4,000 board feet of lumber and have built our house, a cabin, a workshop, a house for our solar batteries, and we’re getting ready to build a garage and a chicken coop. We plan to build a drying shed with ventilation and fans. Since we cut our own trees, practically the only building cost we have is for nails!

Building a Retirement Business

We saw lumber for ourselves but we’ve also started sawing and selling lumber. There are big trees around here and we’ve sawn logs 30” diameter by 16’ long and longer. We saw pine framing material and we have an order for oak flooring. Live-edge siding is very popular around here. We saw hickory for cabinets and tons of people want cedar lumber.

We’ll probably turn this into a full time retirement business. We call it Blue Mountain Sawmill. Advertising is important and we’ve found our Facebook page is our best form of advertising. We actually started advertising before we got the mill.

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Sawing is work, of course. If you don’t want to be busy, sawing isn’t for you. But if you have trees and are into construction, it’s certainly nice to cut your own trees and saw your own lumber. It’s work but it’s also fun to put a log on the mill and see the beauty of the wood emerge as the mill turns the log into lumber.

Cantilever mills just don’t make sense

Kevin and mill

We know the TimberKing is a great investment and we’ve very happy, not a bit disappointed. We’d been looking at mills for a while before buying and those with the cantilever head didn’t impress us. Having the head attached at only one side doesn’t even sound like it would work! With a wide log, the thickness would be all kinds of off. Cantilever just doesn’t sound right. TimberKing, on the other hand, has a 4-post head that’s solid. You just don’t see it moving much. Once you’re set up you’re right on track.

We looked at TimberKing’s lineup and ended up buying the 2000. The bigger ones seemed too big for us and the smaller ones seemed too small. We love that TimberKing 2500 but it’s too big for us and more than we wanted to pay. We thought the 2000 was the right mill at a fair price.

When we were ready to buy, we made the arrangements and drove to Kansas City to pick up the mill. We towed it home, about 6 hours on the road at 70 miles an hour. The mill pulls down the highway nice but we did get some looks from other drivers!

— Kevin & Diane Hill, TK 2000 owners, Blue Mountain Sawmill, Hodgen OK

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