Looking for unusual or interesting boards that you won't find at the local hardwood supplier's? You might want to check out one of these boutique sawmills. Usually run by a single person, mini-mills are spread throughout the country and can be filled with unusual local woods at bargain prices. Mario Rodriguez set out to find what treasures were waiting for him within an hour's drive of his New Jersey home. He shares what he found, profiles three operators, and offers tips for dealing with local sawmills.

From Fine Woodworking #193