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09-17-2017 12:25 AM

I live in Arizona and I am taking a road trip up to Northern Washington through California, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington. (This is my Traveling with Charlie trip in search of wood.)

I am looking for interesting Wood sellers and saw mill operators in these states. Does anyone have their favorite places they would like to share?


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#1 posted 09-17-2017 04:30 AM

Google Targo Hardwoods, a.k.a. “Hardwoods to Get” in Bellingham, WA. They don’t saw logs, but deal with a lot of people who do. All kinds of species, local soft woods to exotic hardwoods and everything between.

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#2 posted 09-17-2017 04:58 AM

Where in AZ are you? I’m sure I’m a bit out of the way but if you go through CA I know a couple places I could refer you too. One is a Woodmizer dealer but they run their own sawmill for salvaged trees. They really come up with some unique and beautiful slabs. I think they’re closer to Sacramento. I get my blades through them.

Another is near Modesto. I’ve gotten to be good friends with him. It’s a guy and his father. They have a couple sawmills and salvage trees and also have a wood shop for custom furniture. If you love old iron, he’s constantly finding great pieces of equipment. He has currently 2 – 24” jointers, an 8” crescent, a 37” planer and a 24” bandsaw I believe.

Let me know if you’re going to be going that way and I can get you some info to get in touch.

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#3 posted 09-17-2017 06:47 AM

I am in the phoenix area. I plan to go West to California and then go North. I figure I would take 101 up unless there is something on the coast. I am very interested in the places AZWoody discussed and perhap he would like to meet when I travel west. Any places you might know would interest me.


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#4 posted 09-17-2017 11:34 PM

I’m on the way to Yuma so it’s a little bit out of the way but I’m almost always here.

I do know a guy in Prescott also. He just got a sawmill this past year. He retired as a HotShot Captain I believe and he is a really great guy. He’s still learning and we talk on the phone and he asks me a lot of question but it sounds like he’s constantly having access to lots, and lots of logs as he has contacts with all the forestry people from working as a fire fighter.

I think the stuff that i know of in CA you would take 99. My friend is located in Ceres and the other place is Far West Forest Products in Sheridan, CA. They used to have a location in Prunedale, north of Salinas on the 101 but that’s not there anymore. They’re not technically a “small” Saw Mill but I would love to go visit that place as well.

Btw, if you ever get up to Jerome, go up to the old mine and there is an old working circular sawmill run by an old one lung engine. There’s an old timer that runs it and it’s part of the old ghost town attraction which you do have to pay to get in but he actively gets truck loads of logs from Flagstaff to mill.

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#5 posted 09-18-2017 12:03 AM

Once you get into Northern California your going to see some guys selling wood along the highway.Thats when you Can start your search.Just use your phone to see what’s nearby.
There’s so much to see and don’t be shy about driving on some back roads up in Oregon your might even see a Sasquatch. :)

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