Our Story - A Note From Our Founder


How did I end up here...

It’s incredible how sometimes things happen and you come full circle in life. After enduring the Great Depression, my Grandpa made his way out West via riding in railroad boxcars from Wisconsin where he had worked in a logging camp with the CCC. His first job in Washington was in construction in the forests of the North Cascades. Ultimately he became a welding engineer for Boeing.  In the 1951 he was able to purchase an old loggers cabin on Lake Sawyer so his family, to this day, is able to enjoy summers at the lake as a result of his investment.  As a kid, having these summers at the cabin led to my love of all things water, and opened up a professional opportunity for me.  For the first 18 years of my career, I worked for a consumer manufacturing brand in the Watersports industry.  

As I grew older and started a family, having less time to leave for my hobbies led to an enjoyment in woodworking at home.  This is what started a chain of events that led to you reading this.  Some of you will probably relate, but I grew increasingly frustrated in the access to, and pricing for quality wood.  Having a background in manufacturing I started looking into what it would take to produce my own.  Now don’t laugh, but this is when I learned about the existence of the machines called portable bandsaw mills, and for the first time in my life discovering the word Sawyer had a meaning beyond the name of the lake I grew up on.  Furthermore, the Lake got its name from a period of local history.  Several lots away from the place I spent my childhood summers is the former location of the log drop that fed the Lake Sawyer Sawmill - EST. In 1919 where it ran until 1934.  Staring me in the face every time I looked at the lake was history that is so easily lost in today’s world.  


One thing led to another, and I found myself with the opportunity to bring a line of American made portable bandsaw mills to the PNW.  From there we expanded offerings with our customers in mind, and today we can offer Washington state the exclusive access to Hud-Son Forest Equipment’s lines of Portable Bandsaw Mills, Firewood Processors & Splitters, and a wide range of forestry management accessories and specialty tools.  In addition, we are fortunate to be able to offer access to Uniforest’s line of Grapples and Skidding Winches for tractor or skid steer applications, and Woody Equipment’s line of forestry trailers with log loaders for those of us without those machines.  What you see on the site today is only a fraction of what we have planned, but thanks to the suppliers I have just listed, we are able to advertise and take customer orders immediately.  I am forever grateful to these suppliers, as it allows us to make sure our site selection will fit all the needs we will have moving forward. 

It is my goal to educate my customers about the affordability and practicality of investing in a Sawmill.  If you’ve ever bought a 2x4 from a big box lumber store, I can show you a reason to own a mill.  It is my commitment to the local Sawyers and Woodworkers to make connections between buyers and sellers and provide, resources, education and services unobtainable to the average hobbyist.  

So here I sit.  I find myself taking a path that couldn’t be more different than the one that started my professional career, although, this is where I come full circle.  One path started because of my connection to the lake, and the one I’m on now led me back there.  Nearly 100 years has drastically changed the nature of what a Sawyer in the PNW does, but they are now, more than ever, an asset to the community. The equipment we sell promotes sustainability by giving you the power to reclaim storm downed trees, responsibly manage your own land or forests, and provide services to others that help preserve the beauty of our surroundings.  I don’t believe in coincidence so I’m following the opportunities that have presented themselves.  That or I’ve completely lost my mind, either way it should be fun to stay tuned to our progress!  Thank you for visiting and if you read this far I hope you enjoyed the brief piece of local history as much I did learning about it.  Now get out there and cut some wood!

Paul Hatton

- Founder