Category 8: Unusual & Unique


Richard Teer   •   Wilsall, MT   •   LT40  •   30% of lumber cut on mill   •   $25,000 estimated saved

Richard’s company, Historic Preservation Specialists, has spent the last 3 years restoring the Old Faithful Inn, near Yellowstone. Working sometimes in below zero weather, they have done a tremendous job restoring much of the massive historic inn. Connect online:

Jim Sheets   •   Perrysville, IN   •   LT15  •   100% of lumber cut on mill

Over 100 years ago, Jim’s great grandfather built this bobsled. Jim remembers giving it a new paint job when he was 10 years old, and getting rides in the bobsled. Recently, Jim replaced much of the bobsled that was deteriorating, and restored it to ‘like new’ condition. Now the bobsled is being enjoyed by Jim’s grandkids!
Edward Crawford   •   Dexter, MI   •   LT15  •   100% of lumber cut on mill

Edward took at ’95 Dodge Dakota pickup, stripped off the bed and replaced it with black locust sides. He also replaced the bumpers the same way. He remarks, “The sawmill now has a stake truck and it’s a thing of beauty!” Connect online:

Dewey Osborn   •   Beanty, KY   •   LT40  •   80% of lumber cut on mill   •   $1,800 estimated saved

Dewey built this playhouse for his granddaughter’s 2nd birthday. He said that once it was finished and delivered, “Everyone wanted one for their children.”
Jim Dorsey   •   Deer Park, WI   •   LT15  •   90% of lumber cut on mill   •   $4,000 estimated saved
Jim built this 8.5’x16’ camper on a 3.5 ton equipment trailer. The camper trailer includes a kitchen, bathroom, beds, and dining area. He remarks, “It turned out better than I ever imagined it would. Numerous people have asked me to build one for them. I truly enjoy doing business with Wood-Mizer, and do recommend you company to anyone.”
Kenny Houp   •   Nicholasville, KY   •   LT40  •   100% of lumber cut on mill
In memory of woodworker, toy maker, and Wood-Mizer owner Kenneth Houp, who passed away May 9, 2011. His son says, “My dad had wonderful ability with very little education.”
Burgess Butler   •   White Bluff, TN   •   LT40  •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $1,500 estimated saved

Mr. Butler built this ‘spring house’ to enclose and protect a spring on his property.

Rick Good & Barbara Kurr   •   Reading, PA   •   LT40HD  •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $200 estimated saved

Rick allowed Barbara to use his sawmill to mill a log to dress up the ceiling in her home. It is just for looks, and Barbara really loves how it brings more character to her home.

Guido DeVisser   •   Sundre, Alberta   •   LT40HD  •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $150 estimated saved
“Fancy, heavy duty door, which I built for a customer who bought four cabins from me. Door has unique pieces of wood, cut from a bunion tree, with a window in it.”
Pete Handler   •   Lake Errock, British Columbia   •   LT28  •   100% of lumber cut on mill   •   $5,000 estimated saved
The LT28 allows Pete’s farm to utilize logs that would go to waste to be used at his farm for useful buildings and fences. “We hope to use the Wood-Mizer addition to our farm as a show piece on integrated resource management on how sustainable living and farming can work together.”
Virginia Feleppa   •   Iron Mountain, MI   •   LT40  •   100% of lumber cut on mill
Virginia uses her LT40 and the Lathe-Mizer to build these sturdy tables. She uses various wood species. She says "I am now working on my 19th table and I have a true feeling of creativity."
Paul Stritzinger   •   Burgettstown, PA   •   LT15  •   90% of lumber cut on mill   •   $2,000 estimated saved
A collaborative effort between Paul, a history center, and students brought about this reproduction of a 18th century Pennsylvania farm wagon for a museum. “This project couldn’t have happened without my Wood-Mizer. [The museum didn’t have] a budget for the massive pieces of lumber required.”
David Watters   •   Zionsville, IN  •   LT15  •   57% of lumber cut on mill
David used lumber from his LT15 to build this EcoLab for Marian University on a tight schedule. David designed and built the outdoor classroom in two months. He says, “The school and the students have been very appreciative of their new outdoor classroom.” Connect online:

Greg Berg   •   Wasilla, AK   •   LT30  •   90% of lumber cut on mill   •   $3,500 estimated saved
“Being a Finnlander, we grew up with saunas. Quote from my granddaughter (10 years old), upon looking at her friend’s small sauna, ‘That’s not a sauna, that’s a closet! My grandpa’s got a sauna!”
Jesse Cover   •   Tuolumne, CA   •   LT50
Below are various projects that Jesse has worked on: business exteriors, steam locomotive restoration, and the construction of a small railroad track at the Cover Apple Ranch. Connect online:
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