Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What species of woods do you sell?
A: The list is too long, but we always have the following domestics in stock: Walnut, Maple (soft and hard), Ash, Poplar, Red Oak, White Oak, Cherry, Beech, Birch, Alder, . Our exotics include Mahogany, Sapele, Padauk, Wenge, Teak, Iroko, Jatoba, Purple Heart, Yellow Heart, Bubinga, Ziricote, East Indian Rosewood, Macassar Ebony, Gaboon Ebony, Bocote, etc.
Q: Can you find me a kind of wood not listed above?
A: For sure! Give us a call. If we don’t have what you need, 99% of the time we can source it.
Q: What are the dimensions? (also, why the heck are there fractions everywhere?!)?
A: The majority of our wood is sold in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and 8/4. We also carry some domestics in 10/4 and 12/4. Our exotics are sold in 4/4 and 8/4. The first number in the fraction is the number of quarter inches. 4/4 means 1”, 5/4 means 1.25”, 6/4 means 1.5”, etc.
Q: What kind of slabs do you have?
A: Too many to list, but we have plenty of premium Walnut, Cherry, Sycamore, Ambrosia Maple, Ash and Elm. Visit our slab section to see some pieces currently for sale.
Q: How big are your slabs?
A: Our largest slabs are up to 20' long and 4’ wide. If you’re looking for a 5’ wide conference table, it is likely we will need to find you a “bookmatch” (two slabs that were right next to each other in the same tree) and join them together to give you the width that you need.
Q: I want a small coffee table. Got anything that isn’t 8’ long?
A: Many of our common slabs are under 8' long. You can search for slabs by size here. We also have a variety of Maple Burls, Willow Burls and Redwood slabs that make for beautiful coffee tables. Visit our burl section to see some examples currently for sale.
Q: How do I measure “board feet”?
A: Most of our lumber is sold in board feet, which is a volume measurement. Because they come in random lengths and widths, you need to determine the board footage. To determine the number of board feet, multiply the length x width x thickness (all in inches) and divide by 144. Let’s say you chose a piece of 5/4 ash that is 6" wide and 10’ long. The formula would be 1.25 x 6 x 120 ÷ 144 = 6.25bf. Still don’t get it? That’s ok; we’re happy to help.
Q: Are your slabs kiln-dried?
A: Funny you should ask. Our slabs are milled on property, air dried for 6-12 months and kiln dried for a month before we even put them in our showroom. This insures that our slabs, when turned into beautiful countertops and furniture, will have minimal movement when they arrive in your home. It is absolutely imperative that these steps are taken before our slabs leave our facility.
Q: I want to cut my tree down. It’s a really sweet walnut tree. Will you buy it from me to help recover the cost of removal?
A: Possibly, but unlikely. It’s costly to hire a tree service and a long process before the logs can be turned into furniture so it is rare that the end product will cover the cost of removal. We commonly mill a tree into furniture-ready slabs for our clients but there is a fee for this service and we can work with you to arrange the removal and delivery of that tree to our facilities.