I wanted to post about a small, Missouri based, enterprise that I am a part of. This is one part shameless self-promotion and one part example of the possibilities.
My friends and I make Oak and Hickory tongue and groove hardwood flooring from forests that we manage ourselves and log with mules. We have a sawmill, solar and electric dry kilns, and a 4 sided planer molder that makes the flooring. All of our logs have come off our own and our neighbors farms and travel less than 5 miles from the forest to the mill. We are marketing our floors at home shows and through architects and interior designers and attempting to sell our story of local, small batch, wood products produced from responsibly managed forests.
We currently only market flooring but have hopes to increase our product line as interest grows. There is a lot more info on the website. We were also featured in the Fall 2011 issue of New Pioneer magazine.
Because we are small and flooring in heavy we are not set up for shipping outside of Missouri. I don't expect to make any sales off of this, I am just proud of what we have made and wanted to share.