Timber Buying: Tools of the Trade

How do our Timber Buyers keep track of all of those trees? With a few special tools, it is easy! The most important tool a Timber Buyer uses is a compass. Without obviously marked property lines, use of a sight line compass and the appropriate plat map is the best way to determine where property lines are. You can rest assured knowing that our Timber Buyers are able to accurately define your property lines. The Cruising Stick is another crucial tool for a Timber Buyer. A Cruising Stick looks like any measuring stick, but it has specific increments for determining the board footage of a given tree. The results vary wildly without a consistent method of scaling standing timber; the Cruising Stick [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Buying blown down timber and logs

We have been contacted by many in the area regarding the salvaging of blown down timber caused by the recent storms.   In most cases we are not able to work in the areas of damage because of the residential nature. And liability insurance restrictions.  However.... we are able to buy certain species of logs if they are cut to the correct specifications and are of a certain quality , typically 12" and larger , and the lengths being 8' - 12' with 4" of over length.  Our gates are open , call ahead for times of operation if you are bringing in material. We have also made contact with many who are working in these areas of damage and [...]

Big News in the Northwoods

We are proud to announce that going into 2015, we will be a full-service logging company as well as a working sawmill. The move has created seven new jobs , and increased the efficiency of our timber and log flow. The Logging division, will be known as "roots", and will be managed by Tom Fleet. The division will have 2 logging crews, one being a forwarder, and the other being a grapple skidder. Between the two of the crews, we are confident that we will be able to cater to our landowners' every need, thus creating a more enjoyable harvest experience. We look forward to serving our customers in a first class fashion with this new addition. Photo: "Roots" on a select cut [...]

Breaking Ground on Our New Building

We are very excited to announce that we will begin breaking ground on a new building to replace the one that was caved in by snow back in early April. The new construction will link all of our buildings together, and provide an excellent workplace for our Lumber Inspectors to do their thing. The new building will be roughly 9000 sq ft. , steel constructed and house our grade/ trim line as well as a compressor room and green chain area. Here are some photos of the cave in! We look forward to posting photos of the progress on the building as it happens. Thank you and be wonderful. Dave Cave in 2014

July 24th, 2014|News|0 Comments

New Year, Old Values

The New Year brings us a clean slate, a reset button if you will. All the negative things from 2013 are gone, the scoreboard reads zeros. That's good, but we also recognize that we are able to go forward only because of our core values and beliefs that guide our way on a daily basis. This enables us to build relationships with our customers, be it a landowner who wishes to sell us timber , or an end user who wants to buy our lumber. It's never just the wood changing hands. It's more. It's the relationship between buyer and seller that is the important part to us, the part we want to cultivate and grow. Anybody can do what [...]

Winter Harvesting

The winter season is finally upon us. While we love to play in this winter wonderland of Northern Michigan, it is also our specialty to perform our job out in the winter elements. A selective hardwood harvest can be performed at any month of the year when done with care. But during the cold months can be the best for all parties in a lot of cases. Here are some reasons for harvesting during the winter months: 1. We are able to lessen our footprint and not upset the floor of the forest while operating on frozen ground. 2. Trees are less susceptible to damage while logging process due to the low sap content. 3. The appearance of a woodlot [...]

2014 Marks Our 20th Anniversary

It is with my extreme pleasure to announce that this upcoming year, 2014, will mark our 20th year of existence in Northern Michigan! I am very proud of all our employees, past and present, who were/are instrumental in our success on a daily basis. Without their hard work, dedication, and attention to detail we would be nothing but a manufacturing facility with a bunch of fancy equipment inside. I would also like to mention the contractors who work with us tirelessly to give our customers what they expect and deserve from us. To the loggers, truck drivers, dispatch personnel, excavating companies, electricians, IT people, and others who have worked with us over the years; thank you! And lastly and most [...]

November 12th, 2013|News|2 Comments

We’re a Proud Sponsor of Carter’s Compost

Silver Leaf Sawmill is proud to be a sponsor of Carter's Compost, Traverse City's bike powered, small scale, neighborhood kitchen scrap pickup service, which was started by a young boy named Carter. Carter is now 8 years old. Carter helps neighbors reduce their waste, save landfill space, and build awesome garden soil to then grow yummy vegetables in the downtown Traverse City community.

September 18th, 2013|News|0 Comments

A Welcome From Our President

Over the past 20 years our team has reached agreements with thousands of landowners and foresters in the state. We take much pride in these agreements; I feel they are the catalyst which holds our business together. They speak to our dedication to a two-way street with all we do business with. Our goal is to work with each landowner to achieve whatever goal it is they have for their woods. We want to be the one you refer to your neighbors, your family, and your friends. We want to come back and do business with you! Thank you for taking the time to visit us. Dave Walston, President, Silver Leaf Sawmill

September 15th, 2013|News|1 Comment
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