Hands On Sawmill LLC is owned and operated by Wendy Nave and Gene Williams.  Our main business is custom mesquite furniture in a style that I like to call “Refined Rustic”.  Most of the furniture is custom orders.   However, there is usually a good selection of cutting boards, crosses, bowls, bootjacks, candle holders, etc...ready to go.  And, of course, we will custom saw your logs and sell lumber.


 We have an old circular mill that is more like a museum piece.  It has a 52" blade and is currently inoperational.  


Our workhorse is a Woodmizer LT50 band mill.  This is a 2012 upgrade from the LT15 that we had and used for 13 years. 


In the summer of 2016 I purchased  a Lucas Dedicated Wide Slab Mill that will cut up to 5' wide slabs.    


What started out as a simple hobby has gotten way out of control.


      When you come to our place, be prepared to hear some “Woodlot Theology”.   You see, I really love our wood and sometimes the dust gets to my head.   So you might hear me comparing the cracks in the wood to the “defects” in human character, or comparing the worm holes to sin in our lives.   My theory is that trying to hide either one never works so why try?  People and wood are both more interesting when you can see the real thing.    If you want clear, perfect boards, pick something other than mesquite.    If you want perfect people, wait till you get to heaven. 







Hands On Woodturning Retreat at Hands On Sawmill LLC

March 5-8, 2020 has been Cancelled.



We deeply regret to announce that this year's Hands On Retreat is officially cancelled.   We just had two instructors cancel.   Another cancelled last week.  In addition to that, two instructors were only going to be able to make it for the Saturday classes.  We know that coming this far South is a major commitment (especially for volunteer instructors) and want each event to be spectacular for participants, instructors and for vendors.    We have, therefore, made the difficult decision to cancel this year's event.
However, plans are in the works already to get organized early for 2021.  Next year's event will be March 4-7 2021, so Save The Date.  If you have already paid and want to apply that fee to next years' registration, please let me know.  The dates are always going to be the first weekend in March (trying to avoid Spring Break)  We are making a firm commitment now for March 4-7, 2021 and are looking for Instructors and Vendors.  Please mark your calendars now to Save the Date for next year.  




Everybody thinks that just because mesquite lumber is expensive and makes beautiful furniture that their tree is worth a fortune. It is expensive because of the extra labor involved in harvesting it and because of the super heavy duty equipment needed to process it.  


We will, however, come get your trees if they are large and close to Kingsville, saving you lots of work and the expense of disposal.  


It is just firewood until it gets in the hands of an artist with an excessive addiction to buying superduty machines.  









What I am NOT willing to do with Live Oak:

1).  No, I do not recommend sawing Live Oak unless you are making thick slab furniture.


2).  I will NOT saw live oak that has been down or dead longer than 1 year. (I just gets too hard as it dries out.)


3). The giant trunks are not worth the time, expense or wear and tear on my equipment. Please, don't ask me to saw them.


What I am willing to do with Live Oak:

1).  I will saw logs up to 25" diameter but I will charge $200 /hour plus blades.  

2). I recommend sawing 3" thick or more.

3). The wood is so hard that you might still have wavy cuts.


Projects that you can do with Live Oak:

Fireplace Mantles,

Thick slab furniture

Flat bed trailer decking

Porch Posts




Last customer of the day

brings the beer.

It's a rule!

(Not sure if you're the last? ...better safe than sorry.) 


We usually have a fire going, tell stories, shovel sawdust and maybe even saw a few logs! Just don't drool on our wood or our machines!  Ok?   Come see some of the most beautiful Mesquite anywhere in South Texas. 


And, please, if you are coming during business hours, remember that 8-5 is for working.  Please respect our need to make a living and don't come by just to visit for long periods of time during business hours.  Come after 5:00 pm with cold beer if you want advice or to visit.  


I’m on a low carb diet, so, It’s Michelob Ultra for me.  FYI.