A Visit to the Sawyer

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Blog entry by Jay Neale III posted 07-23-2009 08:27 AM 1516 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tim Marko pointed me toward a local sawyer so I could get more hardwood for less money, and boy, did he send me to the right guy!

Fritz Hannaman and some of his wood.

Fritz Hannaman lives about 10 miles from my house, out on a little country road outside of Mansfield, Texas. I picked up all the wood you see in the back of my truck for $43. He even threw in a bunch of black walnut off-cuts I can use to make candle holders or parts for pretty much anything, and didn’t charge a dime for them. He said he was going to use them for kindling. And he had some turned off-cuts I can use to make some tall, round candle holders.

I got wood!

I’ll be going back to see this guy very soon. I can’t wait to use this beautiful wood to add to my stock at Design Style Guide.

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 11:39 AM

Once I found out you could buy lumber directly from a sawyer I was in heaven. You can’t beat the price and there’s always a treasure to be found. Good find.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 07-23-2009 01:16 PM

Jay, you are right this is the most cost effective way to buy hardwood. I do the same but my supplier lives about 50 miles away. But, as you found, it is certainly worth the drive.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 02:30 PM


Did you feel like a kid in a candy store?

I’ve been to see Fritz a number of times, and one time I even bought what I went there to get. He’s a really nice guy and loves to walk around and show you all his little “treasures”. Just when you think you’re ready to go, you find one more piece you just have to have. The fact that he’s very reasonable in price doesn’t help.

The other thing he is able to do is resaw and help prep anything you get from him.

It always makes for an enjoyable afternoon.

-- Tim, trying to come up with something cool to say here!

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 05:04 PM

I get goose bumps when I go to my sawyer. Always something great to be found.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 07-24-2009 12:31 AM

Great find Jay

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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