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What Type Of Logs Should Be Sawn? What We Do Not Do  

We prefer the logs to be between 8 and 16 feet in length and approximately 8" and greater in diameter on the small end The maximum length we can cut is 16'.  The large end of the log cannot exceed more than 30" in diameter.

It may take several days or several weeks to complete your job depending on how back logged we are, how well the weather cooperates, how many logs you may have, and any type of breakdowns we may have. We are not a full time operation and only able to saw when we have time available.


Its highly recommended not to bring logs cut from yards, a majority of the time someone has put nails or screws in the tree during its lifetime.

Below are a few ideas on what you can do in advance:

  • Keep the logs clean.  Dirt, rocks, and mud can dull a sawblade very quickly, if the logs are dirty they will need to be cleaned before they are cut.

  • Check for any nails and other foreign materials.  Rocks, nails, wire, fence insulators etc can damage or destroy a blade.  If we damage or destroy a blade we will have to charge you for the damaged blade.

  • Remove any limbs and large forks.  Make sure all limbs and any forks are flush cut to the tree.  When moving logs on our infeed rails and sawmill they need to be able to roll very easily.

  • Check to make sure logs are straight.  Logs that have crook or twist to them makes it more difficult to handle and could cause a decreased amount of lumber produced.

  • Green logs are better to saw.  Logs can be sawed regardless of the length of time since they were taken down, however for the best quality lumber green is preferrred.

  • Buck logs to the correct length prior to delivering. 

  • For the best quality quarter sawn lumber the log should be 20" diameter minimum, have no crook, and the pith should be centered on both ends.

  • If you are in doubt whether or not the log may contain nails, screws or other foreign material, please do not bring the log to be processed.  We have no way to determine what maybe on the inside of your log.  Cutting logs with nails or other foreign material can be very expensive for the customer.

What Type Of Logs Should Be Sawn?

  • Below are several examples of logs that should not be brought to be sawn. 
    Logs need to be straight as possible without any rot. Logs sawn with rot will produce boards with rot.
This log has more than 50% split out with dry rot. This log is to crooked and cannot be cut.
This log is to crooked and has to much stress.  These logs contains metal in them.

  • Below are several examples of logs that need to be trimmed prior to being delivered to the sawmill. 
    Trimmed logs should be easy to turn and roll without having obstructions from unflush cut limbs and forks.  Logs with large butt flares will need to be trimmed even with the log.
    Having the the limbs and forks trimmed flush can save you additional costs, hourly rates apply to have the sawyer flush cut the limbs, forks or bucking logs to length.
Limbs need to be trimmed flush to the trunk. This log has not been properly trimmed and will require us to saw them flush with the trunk, adding additional hourly charges.
Forks needs to be trimmed flush with the trunk. This log has not been properly trimmed and will require us to trim down the fork, adding  additional hourly charges.
Limbs and forks need to be trimmed flush. This log will also require additional trimming before we are able to saw adding additional hourly charges.
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What We Do Not Do

We do not purchase any type of logs or trees.

We do not remove trees from your yard or property.  Please refer to tree removal services if this is needed.

We do not resaw lumber that has previously been sawn.  Since lumber may warp or twist while drying its very difficult to resaw lumber with a uniform thickness when this occurs.

We do not saw root balls, these contain to much dirt and will cause the blades to dull very quickly.

We do not saw cookies from logs.

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Terms and Conditions

All lumber needs to be picked up within 30 days, any lumber not picked up within 30 days becomes property of the sawyer and maybe sold to recover the cost of cutting.
Once lumber is cut it is dead stacked and banded without stickers.  Lumber should be picked up as soon as possible to prevent the lumber from molding, twisting and warping due to irregular drying conditions in dead stacked lumber.


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Air Drying Your Lumber

Typically, air drying lumber can take three months to one year per inch of thickness depending on the type of wood before the wood is dry enough to use. In the Mid-Atlantic region, wood will air dry to approximately 12-14% if properly stacked and sticked.  Lumber over 2 thick is difficult to dry, and may develop specific drying defects.

It is best to have the lumber stack as level and flat as possible.  Variations in the stack will translate to the lumber in the pile, if the stack is not flat, the wood in the pile will dry warped.  Stickers should be aligned on top of each other in the stack and be placed 18-24 inches apart.  The stack should be well supported with blocks to combat the beams sagging from the weight of the lumber.  The bottom of the lumber stack should also be elevated 12-16" off of the ground, to keep weeds and animal impacts to the pile at a minimum.  The platform should be constructed as long as the longest lumber is, and stack width is best when 4 to 6 feet wide.


The pile should be weighted down and the top covered.  Covering the sides of the stack with a tarp will result in moldy lumber.  Air must be able to move through the stack.  Lumber should be stacked and sticked within 24 hours of being sawn to avoid mold problems.  Mold develops quickly during Spring and Summer on pine wood.  A light mixture of bleach sprayed on the wood stack helps inhibit mold growth, but mold may still develop if it is warm out.

Wood stacks should be left in an open, but shaded where airflow is not inhibited.  Direct Sunlight may cause drying defects.

Lumber losses due to material degradation (warp, check, stain, etc.) can be expected while drying.

Additional information can be obtained from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report FPL-GTR-117

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