America’s First Joinery Service
Founded in 2002, Sauter Timber began in business importing U.S. log and timber homes into Europe. As part of the company’s construction process, we outsourced all of our heavy timbers to a company that notched, cut, drilled and numbered the components with a milling machine to prepare it for construction. Such services were typical throughout Europe, but were nearly nonexistent in North America. So, after researching the market and determining the demand, in 1999, Sauter-Timber LLC was established in Rockwood, Tennessee, making it the first wood component joinery service in the U.S. Little did we realize that our actions then would fuel a “precut revolution” as more and more companies continue to find the cost and labor efficiencies from outsourcing their precision cutting and joinery to specialists like Sauter Timber. In 2010, Sauter Timber expanded our services to include complete Precision Precut conventional framing packages as well as timber/conventional hybrid home packages.
Sauter Timber operates out of a 17,000 square foot production facility, located on three acres in the Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood, Tennessee.
Sauter Timber currently uses a Hundegger ROBOT-Drive machine. This is 6 axis CNC machine with a 17 tool changer.
Also known as the boss, I came from Germany 16 years ago and started Sauter Timber. With the vision to bring the idea of precut log homes and timber frames to the United States. When I’m not on the phone or replying to emails I enjoy being outside, when the humidity is low. I still travel to Germany regularly to keep up with the latest and greatest innovations happening in the wood business.
WENDY (STORMY) GUNTER
I have been with the company since 2005 with plans of staying long enough to retire. My usual day involves taking care of money, shipping, and all my boys outside. Being the only female isn’t always easy. Before Sauter Timber I’ve had 16 years of prior experience.
I joined Sauter Timber in 2007, right after graduating in Munich, Germany. I am a certified trade master for heavy timber framing, and a construction engineer. When I’m not working you can find me hiking our local Smoky Mountains, or canoeing down a river in the middle of Canada.
Also equipped with that German accent, and decades of experience in heavy Timber framing, CAD design, and leadership, I found my way overseas to Sauter Timber in 2013. I’m analytical and a “chainsaw surgeon”. Most of my time off I spend outdoors with my family, 3 dogs, and friends, or doing some little home projects.
THE ROBOT GUYS
Cleveland Carr: As a fourth generation woodworker, I’m happiest covered in shaving and saw dust, I’m fortunate that I am able to do what I love, for a living. I practice my love of traditional building methods while adding state of the art technology, all while working with visionary and tenacious, leadership, as well as good, wholesome human beings. It’s win, win, win.
My name is Mark Sommer. After I graduated High School I was searching for a job, but I found a career instead. For the last four years I’ve been working with wood not only as a career but also as a hobby. I’m extremely proud to say I enjoy what I do here at Sauter Timber.
I’m Sven, a German Carpenter who had been living and working not only in Germany, but also Finland, Australia, and New Zealand. Now I’m here at Sauter Timber to learn even more about my trade.
My name is Daniel. I have been in finish woodworking most of my life and love the smell of wood. I also enjoy fishing the playing with my grandkids.
My name is Felix Wolfenstetter, in the summer of 2017 I finished my education in Munich, Germany and am now a certified trade master for heavy timber framing and a construction engineer. After I was finished with my education I started working at Sauter Timber. In my free time I enjoy mountaineering.
Hi, my name is Brent, but around the shop they call me “Wilson”. While at work I work at the end of machine doing hand work.
My name is Steve Gonzalez, before I came to Sauter Timber I built houses and did remodeling. I came here 7 years ago, and enjoy the challenge of big beams and putting out a good product. I enjoy sports, mostly racing and football and learned to play golf 2 years ago, because at 61 no one wants to play sports so I can golf by myself. I like working with this company because they are perfectionists, and thats me.