Wood-Mizer announces winners of their Personal Best Contest - a tradition since 1985 that recognizes Wood-Mizer sawmill owners who have built dream woodworking projects by sawing their own lumber. The contest is open to any Wood-Mizer sawmill owner in North America interested in competing for their share of $20,000 in prize credits awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each of eight categories.
Mack Lowery of Terry, Mississippi won first place in the Homes and Major Structures category for building a 2,600-square-foot timber frame home. “I could not have done this project without a heavy-duty and reliable sawmill,” said Lowery.
Ralph Aartun of Pickens, South Carolina won first place in the Exterior Projects category for building a stunning timber frame display. “This project will allow us to display our exceptional craftsmanship,” said Aartun. “The variety of textured finishes demonstrates the versatility of our Wood-Mizer sawmill.”
Nathan Brown of Barnardsville, North Carolina won first place in the Creative Showcase category for building a mobile solar kiln. “The beauty of this project would not have been possible without my Wood-Mizer,” said Brown.
Winning projects from this year’s contest are featured in a special edition of The Wood-Mizer Way magazine and all projects entered are showcased in the Wood-Mizer Project Gallery online at www.woodmizer.com/gallery.
Wood-Mizer 2017 Personal Best Contest Winners
Homes and Major Structures
Small Homes and Cabins
First Place: Mack Lowery – Terry, Mississippi
First Place: Charles Swindler – Bayfield, Colorado
Second Place: Thomas Harger – Havana, Arkansas
Second Place: Bruce Anfinson – Helena, Montana
Third Place: Reagan Dunn – Bellevue, Washington
Third Place: Todd Bahneman – Marlboro, Maryland
Large Barns and Garages
Small Barns and Sheds
First Place: Dave Johnson – Craftsbury, Vermont
First Place: Herbert Butterfield – Charlotte, Michigan
Second Place: Tom Novellino – Savannah, Tennessee
Second Place: Curtis Harrison – New Limerick, Maine
Third Place Tie: Nicholas Spooner - Topsham, Vermont
Third Place Tie: Brian Colbenson – Spring Valley, Wisconsin
Third Place Tie: Cody Moore – Perry, Kansas
Third Place Tie: Gaston Bazinet – St-Charles sur Richelieu, Quebec
First Place: Eric Means – Wichita, Kansas
First Place: Ralph Aartun – Pickens, South Carolina
Second Place: Rickey Coffey – Falkville, Alabama
Second Place: David Miller – Summerville, South Carolina
Third Place: Joshua Coleman – Mountain View, Hawaii
Third Place Tie: Tommy Gorum – Hayden, Alabama
Third Place Tie: Andrew Spalt – Marshfield, Massachusetts
First Place: Dan Conder – Cicero, Indiana
First Place: Nathan Brown – Barnardsville, North Carolina
Second Place: Jorge Peña – Merced, California
Second Place: Charles DeGreek – Ceres, California
Third Place: Rusty Sears – Front Royal, Virginia
Third Place: Jason Lawson – Corrigan, Texas
People’s Choice Award
Nathan Elliott – Kingsport, Tennessee
Since 1982, Wood-Mizer has earned the reputation as a leading wood processing equipment manufacturer with a strong legacy from its innovative sawmilling products. From forest to final form, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of equipment including narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, wideband sawmilling equipment, resaws, edgers, kilns, molders/planers, firewood processing equipment, pallet recycling equipment, material handling equipment, bandsaw blades, and blade maintenance equipment for woodworking and forestry hobbyists and professionals all over the world. For more than 35 years, Wood-Mizer has provided top quality wood processing equipment and exceptional customer service for people who want the freedom of processing timber into lumber and valuable wood products for projects or production.
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