1. 4 Unexpected Benefits of Owning Your Own Portable Sawmill


    Pretty much any sawyer out there will tell you there’s no feeling quite like owning a mill.

    For some, it is the pride in controlling the entire build, from sourcing raw materials to completing a project. For others, it is the lifelong dream of starting and growing a business.

    What everyone can agree on is the incredible feeling of unlocking potential from nearly any log. The possibilities are nearly limitless.

    Of course, if you’re reading this, you probably have your own reasons for investing in a portable sawmill.

    But here are four reasons you may not have considered yet.

    Read more »
  2. 4 Reasons Why You Want to Assemble Your Own Portable Sawmill

    One of the most common questions we hear from aspiring sawyers is “Can I get a pre-assembled mill?”

    We get it… assembling a sawmill can seem like a lot to tackle. Some folks may be intimidated by assembling their own mill, while others don’t think they have the time. But there are some huge benefits to assembling your own mill.

    Here are four reasons to that will leave you wondering why you’d do it any other way!

    Read more »
  3. Portable Bandmills vs. Swing-Mills

    The pros, the cons, and why you should consider both.

    Look in your toolbox. You will probably find a selection of wrenches, pliers, hammers, and more screwdrivers than you have space for. And they each have a purpose.

    The same is true for sawmills.

    Portable bandmills and swing-mills offer very different benefits. But you might find that using both is more efficient than operating just one.

    Many sawyers are fiercely proud of their Lucas or Peterson swing mills. And we can’t blame them. Both products are well-designed and very practical for many sawing jobs.


    Here are 3 benefits to operating a swing-mill:

    1. Immovable logs? Work around them.

    Swing-mills are great at handling huge, immovable logs because they can be erected over the log. They tackle the mammoth timber one bite at a time.

    2. Forwards or backwards, they get the job done.

    Swing s

    Read more »
  4. The New Science of Harvesting Timber

    Many of us make a living from harvesting trees. We build beautiful furniture, amazing homes, and even produce timber for profit. And now we face questions about whether we’re harming the environment. 

    Rowan Reid asked himself these same questions. He then spent 30 years trying to answer them....

    Read more »
  5. How to Mill Imperfect Logs

    How to Mill Imperfect Logs
    If you mill for profit, getting the best ‘bang for your buck’ means knowing how to mill all kinds of logs with your portable sawmill. While larger scale sawmills will always desire pin straight [boring] logs, your niche can be turning these logs that might otherwise be discarded into beautiful planks & boards that are more interesting to the woodworking market. If you’re milling strictly for your personal use, you probably already know that... 
    Read more »
  6. 3 Reasons Why Your Lumber Isn't Straight

    3 Reasons Why Your Lumber Isn't Straight

    Processing your logs into boards can dramatically increase their value…if they come out & stay straight! This isn’t always as easy as it sounds -- wood is an extremely complex material to work with—however for the majority of the time, it is one of three things that is causing your lumber to come out warped, cupped, or flared. Here are 3 common causes of less than perfect lumber & how to...

    Read more »
  7. Sawyer Wisdom: Wise Words from Seasoned Sawyers to Those Just Starting Out with a Portable Sawmill

    Sawyer Wisdom: Wise Words from Seasoned Sawyers to Those Just Starting Out with a Portable Sawmill

    Wisdom is the reward of experience, and it should be shared. Maybe even moreso than putting hundreds of hours on your sawmill, time spent learning from other sawyers may be the best way to take your milling from experienced to professional calibre. We believe in this so much, that we created the Norwood Connect forum over 10 years ago to cultivate a community of sawyers learning from sawyers. With thousands of owners putting endless hours...

    Read more »
  8. Stickers & Blocking 101: How to Stack & Dry Lumber

    Stickers & Blocking 101: How to Stack & Dry Lumber

    The most valuable lumber you’re ever going to mill isn’t oak, walnut, or even something exotic. The valuable lumber we’re talking about, you will probably never sell a single piece of Stickers! These 1-inch thick pieces of lumber are unsung heroes, responsible for preserving & maximizing the value of your milled lumber. When you air dry your lumber, stickers & blocking...

    Read more »
  9. The Whys & Hows of Building a Log Loading Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill

    The Whys & Hows of Building a Log Loading Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill

    Building and using a log deck is an easy & efficient way to load logs for milling. And while these log-loading decks don’t need to be fancy, they do need to be stable and strong enough to handle the weight of heavy logs. What are the main reasons why you should consider creating your own log loading setup? Here’s a bit of sawyer wisdom we have to...

    Read more »
  10. Minimal Impact Logging : How to Take the Trees You'll Use Without Damaging the Rest

    Minimal Impact Logging : How to Take the Trees You'll Use Without Damaging the Rest

    Years ago, we had a local logger with a good reputation harvest oak and walnut lumber on our family tree farm in southwest Missouri. The contract provided for an 8% bonus for careful practices that would not damage other growing stock or make ruts on trails. For the first week, I watched with great respect as he dropped the trees precisely where they would do the least damage

    Read more »