Fire Destroys 20 Years of Work
“We purchased an Oscar II Sawmill from one of your dealers back in 2000 and we literally worked the snot out of it. Our home is 5500 sq ft and every element you see is hand made from sawmill lumber.
The frame (except wall studs), flooring, sub floors, trusses, rafters, clap board siding (made on a jig) – hundreds of thousands of feet of 1x6s, 2x8s, columns and trim, every interior door – all hand made from hickory, cherry, walnut, and red wood.
All told, we literally saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in construction costs with the help of your equipment. I can say with confidence that the combined total cost of every building we built over 20 years did not exceed $100,000 in total cost to finish. Tremendous value!
“Then tragedy struck. Two weeks ago, we awoke to a fire that totally destroyed our sawmill operation. The barn lost was 2 story with 16 years worth of excess lumber stored in the loft for future projects, poles and beams, salvaged barn lumber, siding, plus a huge pile of exotics in slab form all picked up to dry and cure.
The pictures of the site do not do justice to the carnage. Fire so hot that all that was left of an engine block was the crank shaft. The rest was a puddle of molten metal. The worst part of all this was that no insurance company would cover it due to the fire potential.
“I still have many more projects to build into my retirement years, but I have no lumber and no way to make more even though I have a pile of logs waiting to be cut. ”
Hud-Son is proud to help this extraordinary builder tell his story, show his work, and get back on his feet!