Sawmill Sid have been great partners with Habitat for several years now. Their journey first started in 2001 after a devastating house fire. To rebuild, they purchased their first sawmill and began turning fallen trees into siding, flooring, doors, beams, headers, window panes and a waterfall! Sidney, or "Sid", fell in love with the wood of course, but he truly loved all of the great people and all the great experiences that he encountered along the way.
After learning that the city of Toronto had tens of thousands of trees coming into wood diversion lots from storms, disease and development and that over 95 % of that wood was being chipped and going to landfill, they decided to build a business designed around repurposing these trees into works of art. They are very proud and privileged to now be operating out of the Tree and Wood Recovery Center. They recover and repurpose trees, offer a free drop off service to tree fellers, provide portable and on-site sawmilling, kiln drying, planning and finishing and eventually to repurpose the sawdust and wood shavings.
In 2016, we met Sawmill Sid after our friends at Triovest decided to donate their felled bore ash wood from one of their properties in Mississauga to Habitat. Sid and his amazing team milled, dried and delivered the wood to our ReVive Centre where you can find that it has been repurposed into furniture, table tops and much more. Sawmill Sid continues to be an amazing partner who donates live-edge and milled wood pieces to us to help in our upcycling efforts at the ReVive Centre.