If you had asked Gary McInturf a few years ago if he would ever take up sawing lumber for side income, he would have called you crazy. However, when an unusually strong windstorm hit his Kentucky property, he discovered a new source of income that started from a new hobby.
With several oak trees laying on the ground after the storm passed, Gary’s wife had the idea that they might be able to make a table out of the wood, instead of just cutting them up for ﬁrewood. At the time, Gary admits that he didn’t have a clue about how to turn his trees into lumber. He called up his local forestry department and asked them what he could do. They gave him the name of a Wood-Mizer sawmill owner in Gary’s area.
“When I saw him cut my lumber up, I thought it was the neatest thing I had ever seen, and 30 days later I owned one,” Gary recalls. It didn’t take him long to begin converting buildings to lumber drying areas—places where local hobbyists could come and select their boards.