Why would anyone start a small sawmill operation when big "box" home improvement retailers carry piles of lumber? Because demand for portable sawmill services is, ironically, growing. In the Northeast, the standing volume of timber is actually increasing, even while ownership sizes are decreasing. "Portable mills," report the authors of this book, "can fill the niche that the traditional forest industry has lost. These mills can often turn a profit from relatively small volumes of low-grade sawlogs." This guide covers types of sawing, grading lumber, dimensional lumber versus specialty cuts, equipment, writing a business plan, safety, insurance and liability, marketing, rates and contracts, and more. 36 pages, 2007.