The Wood-Mizer Personal Best Contest is a long-standing tradition that recognizes sawmill owners who have built dream woodworking projects by sawing their own lumber. Almost as soon as the first Wood-Mizer portable sawmill was sold in 1982, sawyers started to share their accomplishments with other sawmill owners, friends, and family. As a way to honor their achievements, the Personal Best Contest was first launched in 1985 and 11 Wood-Mizer sawmill owners entered their projects. Today, the contest reaches a worldwide audience and has grown in more categories as well as entries. Throughout the years, thousands of projects and stories have been shared and celebrated, but they all start with a dream and a Wood-Mizer.
The Personal Best Contest is open to any Wood-Mizer sawmill owner in US and Canada interested in competing for their share of tens of thousands of dollars in prize credits awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each of eight categories. In addition to competing in one of eight categories (Homes & Major Structures, Small Homes & Cabins, Large Barns & Garages, Small Barns & Sheds, Interior Projects, Exterior Projects, Goodwill, and Creative Showcase), every project also contends for the People’s Choice Award which is awarded to the project that receives the most votes from the public during the contest.