Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: North Danville, Vermont
It must be a sign. I've been mulling over the idea of selling the logging side of the business. The mill seems to have had real steady work since 2002 and enough people have been asking me about drying and final dressing of lumber that I think it would be a good venture. Selling the logging equipment would fund finishing the kiln, resaw building and the equipment to go inside. It's a scary move, I've been in the woods for about 20 years and it's something that I know and am comfortable with but this seems like the way to go. The closest kiln from my location is almost an hour away. Plus I know all the loggers in the county so whatever I need for log stock, I could zip around with my trailer and buy it right off the landing.
The guy with the woodworking equipment has literally got everything that I could possibly need in one shot instead of piece meal for the next who knows how many years. He also had a guy working for him that is an excellent mechanic and kept all the equipment in top shape, plus that guy said he would be happy to come to my shop if I ever needed him. It's still intimidating leaving the woods but the wife and some friends have convinced me that things seem to happen for a reason. I hate to wake up one day at 80 years old and regret not trying something like this.