Frequently Asked Questions

What goes into selecting the right type of wood?

There are a number of factors that should be considered when selecting wood for a project. Three of the key factors are color, character, and cost. Wood colors vary significantly between species and sometimes even between different boards from the same species. The type of finish that will be used can also influence the color of wood types in different way. The character of wood is primary the result of the growth patterns that form the “grain”. Other factors like knots, holes, live edges, and spalting contribute to a wood’s character. Character varies significantly between species and sometimes between different boards from the same species. The cost for different types of wood can vary dramatically and have a significant impact on the overall cost of large projects. Feel free to Contact Me to discuss the type of wood to use on your project.

What are the origins of the wood that I use for projects?

Two of the most common woods that I use in my projects, black walnut and hard maple, are responsibly sourced locally in Wisconsin. I mill some of my lumber from urban trees that have been cut down for construction or landscaping. Some of my lumber is reclaimed oak and pine from barns or local industrial discards. I also have access to numerous other wood types to meet your project needs.

How long does a project take to complete?

Project times vary based on the type of project. Small projects like custom coasters typically range between 1-3 days, medium projects like cutting boards range from 2-7 days, and large projects such as furniture items typically range from 1-4 weeks.

How far in advance of the Holidays should I place an order?

The Holidays are a very busy time for orders. I recommend placing orders for small projects 3-4 weeks in advance and medium projects 4-6 weeks in advance to ensure that you have it in hand as the perfect gift for that important person in your life.