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Mountain Majesty: Dream come true in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
This story is about the dreams and accomplishments made possible with a Wood-Mizer sawmill along with details and experiences of these projects over the past 15 years.
By Larry Andresen
Date Posted: 3/1/2012
There are times in life when we actually get what we pay for, and sometimes when making a particular investment, we get even more. This story is about the dreams and accomplishments made possible with a Wood-Mizer sawmill along with details and experiences of these projects over the past 15 years. Let me start by saying, I love sawing logs. The anticipation, the endless possibilities, the beauty and individual characteristics found after each cut continues to intrigue and amaze me. Because each log is different, it’s kind of like being on a treasure hunt. Until that first cut is made, you don’t know what you’re going to see.
As an excavation contractor in the Truckee/Tahoe area, our first step for a typical excavation job includes removing the trees. Most of the jobs are for custom homes built one at a time. After years of seeing good saw logs being turned into firewood, the idea of acquiring a Wood-Mizer came to mind. Once the Wood-Mizer mill was acquired, not only did turning logs into lumber become a possibility, it became a regular occurrence. From then on, logs that would have been turned into firewood could now be brought to their fullest potential and used in the most beneficial way. It was this discovery that
literally changed my life by helping to inspire fantastic dreams and to enable them to come true.
The ‘Dreams’ project includes building a 3,000 sq. ft. shop/garage and a 1,400 sq. ft. residence above. The shop/garage area is 72’ long by 30’ wide with 24’ x 12’ wings protruding from the middle of the building on each side. The design of the building was primarily to accommodate the sawing, processing, and storing of lumber and space for special wood working projects.
After 15 years, my 1995 Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic is still running just fine, and judging from experience with my Wood-Mizer, I expect it will easily last the rest of my life and probably for years beyond. I’ve never had a log that was too big to saw. With the bed extension, sawing logs over
30’ becomes easy. This efficiently engineered and easy to operate sawmill has been a joy to own and operate. Going from working outside in cold snow and ice conditions to having a 3000’ enclosed/heated shop is a ‘dream come true’.
About the Author: Larry Andresen is the President of Andresen Construction, Inc., in Truckee, CA, an Excavation Contracting business, providing excavation and building services since 1979. More project photos at www.woodmizer.com.
Editor’s note: The preceding was paid advertorial by Wood-Mizer.
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