MTM mills exquisite native timber and millwork products to order for homeowners, builders, and woodworkers. Rajala Forestry gently harvests timber, restoring Minnesota's Great North Woods to its natural ecology.
We run our mills like they did in the old days, hands on, and detail driven
Gently harvested by Rajala Forestry from Minnesota's Great North Woods
Our family has been working in the forests and milling Minnesota woods for over a century.
We work directly, one order at a time, with homeowners, builders, and woodworkers to hand select kiln dried native woods with authentic character, then mill and finish them to exact order.
We manage our private forest lands according to ecologically authentic principles, which drive each of our silvicultural activities - natural disturbance mimicking harvests, natural regeneration, and tending.
MTM and Rajala Forestry take the environment seriously, from beginning to end.
Our forestry practices are beyond sustainable. A big part of Restoration Forestry is harvesting less than we grow, leaving both live and dead large trees for their ecological value. They store (sequester) many tons of climate warming carbon. We produce high value solid wood products that are cherished for generations by our customers, further storing tons of carbon that would otherwise cycle through the atmosphere.
We source our raw materials (logs) exclusively from the great north woods and sell our products mainly within the Lake States region which vastly reduces the burning of fossil fuels for transportation.
All of the energy consumed in our mills is generated from mill by-products. Our wood boiler produces the steam we need to heat our buildings and power our dry kilns. The rest of our by-products are used to generate carbon neutral electricity, offsetting a large amount of fossil fuel.
We typically purchase high quality, used, energy efficient wood working machinery, logging equipment and vehicles. Our century old band mill was once owned and operated by Henry Ford. Equipped with modern controls and perfectly maintained, it is more effective today than the day it was made.