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Forum topic by Beeguy posted 06-11-2010 09:11 PM 1033 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2010 09:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: local sawmill wood

Anytime someone posts here or on any other woodworking forum, and asks where to buy wood, the local sawmill always comes up as an answer. I consider myself very fortunate to have a number of good mills near by. The one I use most often is less than 10 miles away. I can get both local and out of region kiln dried lumber always in good supply and I have been buying wood there for quite a while. 90 minutes away is one of the larger mills around and will have a good supply of exotic wood in addition to what grows around here.

It turns out there is a small mill two miles away. They mostly cut trees they have felled so the wood is local, which is what I use most of the time anyway. I like building with something that did not have to travel half way around the world to get here. Nothing wrong with that but I just prefer local and Pennsylvania has a good selection to offer. This mill is a small operation but they do have kilns, and the price is extreamly good, actually unbelievable. I have known the owner for over 20 years and never knew he had this mill set up. I knew he removed trees and had a firewood business, but I just assumed he sold off the logs and then cut the smaller sections for burning. He does not advertise and it was only in talking with someone that I found out about him.

The point of all this is even if you have a good supplier, check around and you may find something that is better or offers something different. And just because you don’t think there is one your area, ask around and you may be pleasently surprised.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 10:15 PM

amen brother.

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 11:45 PM

I was searching Ebay one day looking for lumber just for the heck of it. I found a guy on there that had great prices and selection. Turns out he was only 10 miles from my house. Never whould have found him otherwise. He’s not even in the yellow pages. Makes me wonder how many more small mills are out there to be found.

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