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May 20, 2021

Tom Hogard's passion for woodworking began in junior high school when he opted to take woodshop. Over the years, he discovered that using salvaged logs or milling his own lumber provided some cost savings for his wooodworking projects. 

Today, Tom owns and operates his own portable sawmill serving northeast Kansas through salvaging logs that might otherwise end up at the landfill or in a firewood stack. Tom also helps other forestland owners by serving as the President of the Kansas Forestry Association.

Learn more about the milling industry in Kansas and Tom and Dave Bruton, KFS Utilization and Marketing Forester, discuss lumber prices, the importance of native lumber, and how landowners and woodworkers can get involved in forestry in Kansas.

Learn more about Tom and his business, Tom the Sawyer, at 

Kansas Forestry Association 

Kansas Forest Service list of sawmills