Indianapolis, IN - Wood-Mizer LLC, the world’s leading sawmill manufacturer, has announced the winners of their 2013 Personal Best Contest, a long-standing tradition that recognizes Wood-Mizer sawmill owners who have fulfilled their dream projects by sawing their own lumber.

The contest, which occurs every two years, is open to any Wood-Mizer sawmill owners interested in competing for their share of the $20,000 in prize credits which is awarded. The 2013 contest marked the most Personal Best entries Wood-Mizer has ever received.

Each entry was judged on creativity, originality, complexity, quality of workmanship, and overall use of the Wood-Mizer sawmill to complete the project. First, Second and Third Place winners were named in each category.

Mike Collier of Vancouver, British Columbia won First Place in Category 1, Homes and Major Structures. Mike built a 2,800-square-foot island getaway home with his Wood-Mizer LT15. After the three year project was completed, Mike said, “This house could only be built because of my Wood-Mizer sawmill.”

Other First Place winners include Joe Vardanega of Oregon, Nicholas Spooner of Vermont, Justin Metcalf of North Carolina, Chris Becker of Pennsylvania, Gary Allison of California, Lynn Davis of Mississippi, and Lynn Krom of Michigan.

“Every year, we receive more outstanding projects and are overwhelmed with the craftsmanship and dedication of our sawmill owners. Their projects are extraordinary,” comments Dave Mann, National Sales Director for Wood-Mizer. Each of the winning projects was featured with an article in The Wood-Mizer Way magazine.

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As the leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills for more than 30 years, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of portable and industrial sawmill equipment. The company supports its equipment with legendary customer service, blades, and blade maintenance equipment. For more information about Wood-Mizer, call 800.553.0182 or visit


2013 Personal Best Winners

Category 1 – Homes and Major Structures

First Place: Mike Collier - Vancouver, British Columbia

Second Place: Ross & Joslin Bennett - Henniker, New Hampshire

Third Place: Richard & Sharon Maki - Monarch, Montana


Category 2 – Small Homes and Cabins

First Place: Joe Vardanega - Terrebonne, Oregon

Second Place: Harry Lippert - Rockvale, Tennessee

Third Place: Warren Candee - Great Barrington, Massachusetts


Category 3 – Large Barns and Garages

First Place: Nicholas Spooner - West Topsham, Vermont

Second Place: Richard Cloutier - L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec

Third Place: Ralph Klein - Scottsville, Virginia


Category 4 – Small Barns and Sheds

First Place: Justin Metcalf - Mars Hill, North Carolina

Second Place: Robin Graham - Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

Third Place (TIE): Robert Gondar - West Burke, Vermont

Third Place (TIE): Randy Madison - Jacksonville, Florida


Category 5 – Interior Projects

First Place: Chris Becker - Northampton, Pennsylvania

Second Place: Hank Carroll - Bluffton, South Carolina

Third Place: Bob Jones - Emporium, Pennsylvania


Category 6 – Exterior Projects

First Place: Gary Allison - Turlock, California

Second Place: Craig Forman - Meadville, Mississippi

Third Place: Gerald Christenbury - Seneca, South Carolina


Category 7 – Goodwill

First Place: Lynn Davis - Brookhaven, Mississippi

Second Place: Robert Gondar - West Burke, Vermont

Third Place: Boyd Flynt - Powder Springs, Georgia


Category 8 – Wide Open, Unusual & Unique

First Place: Lynn Krom - Bay City, Michigan

Second Place: Bob Harbrige - Commodore, Pennsylvania

Third Place (TIE): John Baker & William Dorsey - Ayden, North Carolina

Third Place (TIE): Steven Brown - Stafford, Virginia

Source: Wood-Mizer

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