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A cut above

There’s no limit to what can be done with a personal sawmill. That, says Wood-Mizer, is obvious from company’s biennial “Personal Best Contest”.

“The quality of the projects keeps getting better and better,” says Wood-Mizer’s marketing director Chase Warner.

“The time and the dedication they put in is amazing. We’re getting about the same number every other year, but the entries really demonstrate how talented our customers are. It’s a lot of fun to see what they do and be a part of them sharing it and being proud of it. It’s really special.”

The contest is open to Wood-Mizer sawmill owners in the U.S. and Canada. The eight categories go far beyond general woodworking to include: Homes & Major Structures, Small Homes & Cabins, Large Barns & Garages, Small Barns & Sheds, Interior Projects, Exterior Projects, Goodwill, Creative Showcase.

There are three winners in each category, plus a People’s Choice pick. There’s a gallery of the winning projects at

Warner says he was most impressed by the work of Mack Lower, winner of the Homes & Major Structures category, who built a 2,600-sq.-ft. timber-frame home in Terry, Miss.

“He built his own home from scratch. He doesn’t have to take out a mortgage and did it just like he wanted it,” says Warner. 

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue.

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