Peterson Portable Sawmills help mill owners to sell their used mills by providing a free classifieds section for used sawmills for sale on their website. This is where Henry found a suitable second hand ATS (All Terrain Sawmill) in Ohio. The ATS is Peterson’s most portable sawmill, designed for operation in remote locations and rough terrain. It meets our clients’ demands for an affordable and portable sawmill that can handle the tough conditions of farm, beach, snow or jungle.
“My Peterson is one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I like the accuracy and ease of double cutting extra wide boards. The EZ dogs are great, they help hold the logs more securely. ”
Henry didn’t stop using his mill after they finished building the family homes. “I cut up some Pine timber after a storm blew the tree over on my neighbour’s section, and used the wood to build a 22’ x 48’ sawmill shed. Over the years, I’ve also constructed a 30’x 48’ workshop, a black walnut dresser and a blanket chest, some cedar shelves and a TV stand.” Working with the Black Walnut proved tricky, since some logs contained quite a bit of metal such as screws and bolts. A metal detector was used to locate the hazards so Henry could drill out the metal before sawing.
For a while he made and sold children’s toy block sets on Etsy, cutting the blocks out of different kinds of wood like Red Cedar, Walnut, Cherry, Ash, Oak and Sweet Gum. Henry muses: “If you can get paid for what you enjoy doing, it won’t seem like work”.
In his free time, Henry and his grandsons enjoy playing with their model trains, set in a beautiful miniature landscape. The intricate railway bridges are handmade out of scrap Black Walnut!
His latest favourite project sawn on the Peterson ATS is the Johnson geodesic dome greenhouse, which Henry’s family built out of Yellow Pine and Red Cedar. The triangular elements of such a dome are structurally rigid and distribute the structural stress throughout the structure, making geodesic domes able to withstand very heavy loads for their size. Watch the YouTube videos for a time-lapsed overview of the building process: