April Member Highlight: Nor-Cal Sawyer

After retiring from his job as a Sacramento Fire Captain in 2015, Jason Cornell of Nor-Cal Sawyer took up woodworking as a hobby. Cornell’s new craft fed his appreciation of the usefulness and beauty of trees beyond their natural lifecycle. Cornell recognized the potential of logs that would otherwise be reduced to firewood and in search of a sustainable source of materials for his projects, he began repurposing fallen trees and recycling lumber using his portable Wood-Mizer sawmill for friends and family.

In 2016, Cornell assisted in milling the building materials for “The Temple” at the annual Burning Man festival. “The Temple” is an art installation constructed of salvaged wood which is ceremoniously burned as part of the weeklong festivities. It was during this project that Cornell recognized the need for a mobile sawmilling service in his community that would allow property owners to repurpose fallen trees rather than send them to the landfill. He founded NorCal Sawyer over two years ago to provide a sustainable solution and prevent the unnecessary waste of valuable resources. NorCal Sawyer provides mobile sawmilling services on-site to clients who wish to repurpose trees from their property. By providing sawmill services on-site to clients, NorCal Sawyer eliminates the need to haul trees away to a distant mill and gives clients complete oversight of their project.

NorCal Sawyer is a proud member of the Urban, Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods network and is dedicated to rescuing trees and finding new uses for them after their natural life has ended. Currently, Cornell travels throughout California with his wife and family to deliver mobile sawmilling services and recently milled downed trees lost in the Paradise, CA fire to be used in a client’s new home. Being able to rebuild homes ravaged from the Paradise Fire with materials sourced from the original property is not only especially meaningful to the homeowner, but is also a testament to the strength and legacy of Paradise.

From the fire station to the sawmill, Jason Cornell is an incredible example of everything that the Urban Wood Network stands for. Thanks for all that you do, Jason! 

Get in touch with Nor-Cal Sawyer


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