Lumber from Mini-Mills
Unusual woods at bargain prices might be closer to home than you think
Synopsis: 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.
As the name suggests, a mini-mill is simply a small sawmill, typically run by a single person. You find them almost everywhere across the United States. Some of them cut with a monster-size circular sawblade, while others do the work with a gi-normous horizontal bandsaw.
But it’s not the machinery that gives mini-mills their appeal. Unlike the big mills that…