Philo Saw Works: Fine Building & Renovation in Mendocino County Since 1976
We dedicate ourselves to ensuring that every building is constructed for a lifespan of generations while maintaining workplaces for our employees, associates, and clients that are safe and also foster excellence at all levels.
About Philo Saw Works
From a sawmill to expertise in residences, commercial, concrete, bridges, barns, Pisé construction, and so much more
When Jim Boudoures bought a portable sawmill in 1975 and went into business, he set the stage for what is today a construction company with a breadth of experience that has captured the imagination of homebuilders, commercial establishments, notable architects, and designers, and is capable of taking on complex projects both commercial and residential. Joined by Jim’s sons, Peter and Jack, today, Philo Saw Works carries on the traditions of craftsmanship and work ethic for future generations.
In 1975, Jim Boudoures was originally from San Francisco, where he had lived and attended San Francisco State University. He moved to Anderson Valley in 1975 and went into business sawing custom lumber for the many bright-lighters (Boontling for “City Folks”) settling in the Anderson Valley area. He also opened a chainsaw sales and repair shop, and thus began Philo Saw Works.
In 1978, he sold the saw shop to better allow him to concentrate on the sawmill and the new fledgling construction business. By 1980, he was spending more time building than sawing, and by 1981, he hired his first full time carpenter. In 1986, Doug Read was hired and remained his top hand until retiring in 2014. In 1996, Mike Rexford joined the team and led our crew until his retirement in 2016, after which Jack took the lead of our company.
In 2003, Jim’s son, Peter, started full time with the family business, and in 2005, his other son, Jack, also decided to make construction his career. Today they are both partners in the business and together are working to carry on the Philo Saw Works tradition of fine building into the future.