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Well, first, where have you been searching? Awhile back I was looking for a sawmill in my area. And found 7 within about 10 miles of where I live. Then found a few more within 20 miles. Then found some guys with portable bandsaw mills. And the list goes on.

I believe I started with the phone book, this was years ago. Found 1. Then started asking people, at the store, gas station, wherever there was someone. If they didn't know, sometimes they knew someone who did know, or could pass me on to someone else. The 7 sawmills I mentioned, are all within about a mile of each other by the way.

Check the phone book for tree trimmers, nurseries, etc. Even woodworking shops. Always be polite, and often someone will go a bit out of his/her way to provide with a telephone number. Even then it took me 6 calls to different places, to find one that sold the metal I wanted.

In fact I ran across one with a bandsaw mill, not too many miles from me, who not only sells various types of cut lumber, from trees he has picked up, but will saw what you take to him. He also ships cut timber. This one I'm not exactly sure how I found, as it was several months ago. Should have his webpage saved, but he's in NC (God's countryI), not GA. Hehehe

Start with the phone book. Then go to google. And be sure not to forget networking - there are some you will likely find by networking that are not in the phone book, or on google. In fact, I found one on a trip somewhere, and the only indication was a rusty circular blade, with faided painging on it, that said sawmill. That was it, you blink, and you missed it.
 
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@JOAT I'm sitting here with 2 phone books and have exactly zero listings under sawmills and band saw mills.
Lumber yards & hardwood suppliers aren't a problem---but they are all (or most are) industry oriented.
I'm looking for the small guy that may have some decent wood with some character. Most of the industry mills knock out pallets and decking. Pretty much the same result for sawmills with Google.

The suggestion to look into "tree timers & nurseries" was a good one. Hadn't thought of them. Thank you for that.

I'm guessing that you're located in the western part of NC where there is more woodland. I'm in the low country where most tree stands are pine and most of that goes into Ga for paper pulp.

Thanks for the suggestions

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Craigslist quite often has some listed, but you have to look in a few like 'free', 'materials', etc.
 

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I'm about 10 miles or so east of Raleigh. Same with me as far as the phone book, until I looked under wood. This all was years ago, so don't recall all of it. The guy that has the bandsawmill reasonable close to me, cuts all sorts of timber, including walnut, and I don't remember what all. Ships too. And for the life of me, I cannot recall how I ran across him. Pretty sure I have a link saved, will try to find where I saved it. Most likely someplace where I can find it easily - the type of place where you can't remember where it is.

I think the best, or better, bet is call (save gas money) around to furniture shops, tree trimmers, anyone who might possibly know of someone, and if they don't know, ask if they know someone who might know - this got me results when nothing else would - that is asking if they know someone who might know. Don't ask that, and they likely will not think to tell you. And ask for numbers, if you can, or at least names. They are out there, just not easy to find.
 

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Try typing "lumber" in the search engine in your local CraigsList. Since it sounds as though the pickens are pretty slim where you are, make sure you also look at the "other locations" nearby. I buy alot of wood off of CL's.

sawmill service:

https://savannah.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=sawmill service&sort=rel

Lumber

https://savannah.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=lumber&sort=rel

rough cut

https://savannah.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=rough+cut&sort=rel

You might also try a local cabinet shop, stop in and ask if they know of anyone local.
 

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The Search Results - North Carolina Woodworker website has a listing of sawyers in North Carolina but unfortunately it only lists those in NC. Attached is a link to this list. Since there are members in all surrounding states, I'm surprised that the list is confined to only NC. Maybe you should join the NC Woodworker club. It's an online virtual club. Then ask in a post about expanding the list to include other states. Joining is free and there are no club dues. We get together on the website, so there are no required meetings to attend either.

https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/content.php?r=76-Wood-Suppliers

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