Made in Tennessee: Haney Family Sawmill's Mission

UT CIS is featuring Haney Family Sawmill as the Made in Tennessee Manufacturer of the Week from December 12 - 18, 2022. The following article is published on behalf of the Haney Family Sawmill. To learn more about Made in Tennessee, please visit

Written by Roy and Chris Haney, Haney Family Sawmill

The Haney Family has a heritage with Tennessee wood going all the way back to the 1800s when Roy’s great grandfather floated a load of logs down the Tennessee River from Williamsburg, TN to Nashville.

Grandpa Abe bought a team of Horses, a Wagon and a Rocking Chair so his wife could rock the babies. I still have the rocking chair, and yes, many a story has been told from that chair.

What I would like you to take away from the story is you are in charge of your families future and where, what and who they become. By utilizing your land, its resources (trees), you can build your history that will be there longer than we will.

Here at the Sawmill, one of the most gratifying things we see is to see you accomplish your building. If you are going to build a shed, make it one that serves your family and ask, "is this shed going to last? If not, what can I do to make it better?" I get asked to explain this and the easiest way to do so is to ask when you - like me, my folks and most others - attach board and batten to the side of the barn, why do we use long boards?

If you ever have to replace a board on the side of a barn it is normally damaged within four feet of the bottom. If you attached four-foot boards all the way around the barn then attached boards on up when you have to fix a board you only need a four-footer. This allows you to even use a better wood on the bottom where you would not be able to afford to use for the whole barn.

What we want here at the Sawmill for you is dream, make your dream come true, and if the dream needs lumber from our sawmill, we will try our best to make it happen.


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