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FAVORITE WORK FOR LIFE – the story of a woodworker from Sweden

“The lumber they sell at hardware stores is costly, so people look for ways to buy it cheaper. They call me, and I make all sorts of things for them – flooring, walls, and roof paneling, even some specialty moulding for historical houses. For these quality products, I use logs from 200-year-old forests,” explains Hans Larsson, a sawyer and carpenter from the Swedish town of Vansbro.

Carpentry Workshop in Slovenia Operates a Wood-Mizer Sawmill

Slovenian carpentry enterprise owner Jože Moric shares essential knowledge from his 40+ years of woodworking experience. "If you are blessed with a passion for woodworking at an early age, it makes it easier to enjoy what you do all your life," believes he.

Sawmilling Oak with the Wood-Mizer LX50 in the Netherlands

Located in the Dutch village of Lutten, Bob Otten runs his own sawmill business, The Otten Sawmill. There is no finer wood than oak for this craftsman, who is deeply passionate about his work. Oak is perfect for crafting authentic haystacks, rustic barns, traditional roof frames, and other products. Bob Otten oversees the entire process — from felling the trees, sawing, to construction.

Sawmilling at Balmoral Estate in Scotland with Wood-Mizer LT40 Sawmill

Balmoral Castle has been the residence of the Royal Family in Scotland ever since it was acquired by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852. The castle’s construction was completed in 1856, and since then, Balmoral has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family. The tradition is that each successive owner of the Estate takes a close personal interest in running and improving it. Balmoral Estate recently purchased a Wood-Mizer LT40 WIDE Mobile sawmill to efficiently maintain the forests and green areas surrounding the Castle.

Former Electrician Built Dream Home in Canada

Nathan Shewchuk accomplished his lifelong dream of building his own home with eight years of hard work and dedication, along with a few helpers and a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill.

Scottish Sawmillers Rely on Modern Wood-Mizer WB2000 Technology to Generate Profit

“Scotland is beautiful with its landscapes, numerous castles, and unpredictable weather. Travelers going north of Edinburgh get to Perth, where they might think it’s the last bastion of civilization, but over the mountains, there is Inverness. With its microclimate and fertile grounds, this surprisingly warm little section of Northern Scotland is perfect for growing good timber,” says Ronald Munro Ferguson, the owner of Novar Sawmill.

Sawmilling for St. Anne’s Church in Slovenia

Wood-Mizer sawmills can be found in some of the most unusual places in the world, such as the peak of a mountain in Slovenia at 1220 m above sea level, where the Catholic Church of St. Anne is located. The church was built more than 700 years ago and is a holy place for many pilgrims, as a shrine - a sculptural image of a dark-faced Madonna - is kept here.

Italian Family Firewood Business Boosts Profits with LT70 Sawmill

Approximately 50km northeast of Rome, Stefano Chini's grandfather started a family business in 1929 selling hand-split railroad ties. Stefano's father was raised in the woodworking industry, and through his hard work, he built a successful firewood company. Stefano began managing the business full-time in 2007. As the third-generation owner, he is already thinking about his own son’s future with the family business.

Nelson Wood Shims Reports 30% to 50% Growth in Output with the Newest Wood-Mizer TV6000 / MR6000 Sawmill System

Based in Minnesota, USA, Nelson Wood Shims is the largest shim manufacturer in North America, producing high-quality woodworking products for nationwide distribution. The company recently invested in a new sawmill system to maximize log yield while minimizing investment and operational costs.

Restoring Family Sawmilling Business with Wood-Mizer LT20 in Cote d’Azur, France

Spinelli Palanca Services has more than a century of experience in logging, clearing, pruning, and felling of trees. The family company was founded in 1912 in Castagniers, France, and has been developed over generations, constantly adapting to customers’ requirements. In 2014, Sebastien Spinelli took over the business to continue the family's legacy while preserving the optimal quality of service.

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