peckerwood sawmill

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Apparently coined as a pejorative by the organized lumber-products industry.


peckerwood sawmill (plural peckerwood sawmills)

  1. A small-scale sawmill, often with older equipment not capable of producing wood of uniform dimension.
    • 1949, Egon Glesinger, The coming age of wood:
      The thousands of gasoline-powered "peckerwood" sawmills that scatter wood waste across the landscape, and the big lumber, veneer, and pulp mills that stand in distant isolation from one another
  2. (Southern US) Any small-scale production operation.