Little Brown Bear sawmill:
Matt at Little Brown Bear Sawmill and Boatworks has supplied me with some of the most beautiful lumber I've ever worked with. It was thanks to him, I first got to work with air dried stock, and what a joy it was. So much so that I'm now spoiled for life and cringe when I plane kiln dried lumber.
Matt does the communtity a tremendous service by taking out trees that are storm damaged or unwanted. I personally know people who have hired him and he comes highly recommended by them.
In addition to operating a sawmill, Matt also builds canoes, so check him out if you are in the area. He is a super nice guy with a great story to tell. This link takes you to an article that was written about him in the local newpaper.
Recently, Matt has begun selling small lots of cut-offs at the local Ace hardware store. I think this is a great idea and I do hope people will take advantage of the opprotunity to get their hands on this stock. The prices are right and the lumber is far superior to what you will find in a home center.
Whenever someone comments on wood I selected for my own kitchen cabinets, I get the chance to tell my favorite story about Little Brown Bear Sawmill. You see, when I decided to build cabinets for my house, I knew I wanted something out of the ordinary. Anyone can walk down to the home center and order up a set of "cheaper by the dozen" red oak cabinets, so that wood species was out for sure. It was about this time that I first saw the ad in the paper for LBB sawmill. I called up Matt and setup a time to look at what he had in storage. I was thrilled to see the supply of Walnut he had on hand, but I didn't want a dark wood for my kitchen, so I asked Matt a few questions about the Ash, since I hadn't worked with the wood before. His summary was that it worked a lot like Oak, but was harder and more dense. I happily loaded up a bunch of lumber and would come back multiple times for more.