As for maintenance, Matt keeps the unit under cover when not in use and uses silicon spray on the winch and other moving parts. Matt is very impressed with the simplicity of the design of the mill, for example the ease with which the fuel tank can be disconnected for refuelling. Until now, Matt has used an Alaskan chainsaw mill to cut natural and straight edge slabs. With slabs being more popular than ever and worth up to double the value of dimensional lumber, Matt has recently purchased a Peterson Clip-on Slabber.
Wood slabs make eye-catching features as dining and board room tables, benches, bar tops and shelving.
Matt is looking forward to cutting slabs from within the solid frame of his WPF. Attaching the Clip-On Slabber to the WPF will initially take approximately 60 minutes, with future changeovers being around 15-20 minutes.
Additional accessories available include an electric winch and finishing attachments. In fact, the WPF can be five-mills-in-one: a dimensional lumber mill, a slab mill, an edger, a planer, and a finishing sander.
The most challenging thing for Matt and his business has been to build his customer base and create a brand from scratch. It takes time to prove your value to your clientele and to get established. Rustic River Creations have very active accounts on Facebook and Instagram and are steadily growing a large fan base with images of their outstanding and creative pieces of custom-made furniture.
“I’m very happy with the service that Peterson’s United States agent has provided to us,” said Matt. “The fact that the manufacturer is based in New Zealand doesn’t make a difference at all with the support from California-based Sawyer’s Choice.”
Matt is more than happy to demonstrate his sawmill to prospective Peterson owners. So if you are based in or around Tennessee and would like to see a Peterson in action, email Matt to arrange your visit.