“In this time, we have had to do very little maintenance on the Peterson, with just a few adjustments here and there and sharpening the blades, which I do myself,” said Gary.
“I have only had to purchase two new blades which are re-tipped by a saw doctor when necessary. I have also purchased a planer blade.”
Gary and Elizabeth are currently milling Douglas Fir that they planted fourty years ago with the aim to build new deer yards. They have also milled Kahikatea, Macrocarpa, Red Beech, Silver Beech, Pine and Sitka Spruce, with all native timbers being harvested under a sustainable management plan.
Recently, Gary has had the pleasure of helping his neighbour unpack and set up his new Peterson Sawmill which was purchased after seeing Gary’s mill in operation.
In return for sharing their story with us, Peterson HQ have gifted Gary and Elizabeth with a brand new blade enabling many more years of happy milling.