INDIANAPOLIS - Since 1985, Wood-Mizer has kept the tradition of the Personal Best Contest in which the company's sawmill owners are recognized for having built dream woodworking projects by sawing their own lumber. 
 
Open to any Wood-Mizer sawmill owner in North America, participants compete for a share of $20,000 in prize credits.Wood-Mizer has announced this year's 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.
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.
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.
 
Wood-Mizer provides wood processing equipment for people who want the freedom of processing timber into lumber and valuable wood products for projects or production. The company offers a 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.

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