7744 Watkins Ford Rd. Kernersville, NC 27284
I am a woodworker, and furniture maker and have lived in North Carolina area for nearly 17 years. I used to spend more time looking for quality hardwoods than I did building my woodworking projects and when I found some, it was low quality, incredibly overpriced, air dried, or turned into potato chips by someone else’s attempt at kiln drying. So we took the bull by the horns and started a small hardwood kiln operation 6 years ago to provide high-grade furniture, cabinet, table top lumber for ourselves. Soon word got around, other folks liked working with our specialty hardwoods.
Our North Carolina business grew little by little, and now we use a local sawmill and our kiln to provide top-quality hardwood to hobbyists and professional woodworkers alike in the Triad and surrounding North Carolina areas. Our hardwood customers range from hobbyists, homeowners, carpenters, cabinet and furniture makers, professional musical instrument makers, wood carvers, to folks who just want to build a doghouse or front porch bench. We put a lot of effort into producing top-quality exotic hardwoods and are very proud of the wood we sell. I won’t sell a board that I wouldn’t use myself.
If you are wondering why our hardwood would look any different from the stuff you can buy in the big box stores, it’s because the wood sold commercially by franchise stores is specifically processed to dull out the highlights in order to reduce batch to batch color variability.
For example, the walnut sold by big box stores in California needs to look the same as the walnut sold in North Carolina or Florida. So big commercial kilns use processes to flatten out unique colors and pigments so everything looks the same. They intentionally color level it. So if you buy walnut from the box store, you would be paying twice as much and go home with bland wood you are forced to make look good with a bucketful of wood stain and other finishing techniques. We do just the opposite. We use gentle, low temperature processes to bring out and preserve the true colors of the wood, so it looks as natural as possible. The best way to finish our wood is with just a quick wipe of finishing oil. Our hardwood has been described as “Wow Wood” because that’s a common phrase we hear all the time when folks see the colors, grain and vibrancy of our lumber.
Our hardwoods come from trees grown in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. We work with local professional loggers, top-quality sawmills and log brokers to help us find premium logs. We know that great hardwood only comes from great logs, and we spend a considerable amount of time and effort tracking down the best logs in North Carolina, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
It’s not easy finding these high quality logs, and sometime our stock of lumber runs low, but we won’t compromise and buy low quality logs and try to pawn them off as the good stuff.