Wednesday, April 25, 2012

DIY Bathroom Vanity

A do-it-yourself homeowner shared this photo with us.  He created this custom bathroom vanity using our Black Walnut materials, a Kreg Jig, and a lot of time and hard work.  Very nicely done - beautiful piece!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Congratulations Stefanie Rocknak!

Stefanie Rocknak's concept
A VERY big congratulations to our local Stefanie Rocknak - winner of the Edgar Allan Poe competition in Boston!

Among a pool of 265 artists who applied for the competitive public art commission from 42 states and 13 countries, Stefanie has been selected to create a statue to commemorate Edgar Allan Poe in Boston, the city of his birth.

This model is carved from Basswood; the life-size figure will be cast in bronze.

Here is the link to Boston Art Commission announcement:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Recycle, Re-purpose

Recycling is not necessarily meant for just bottles and cans. Building  materials may also be salvaged and re-purposed to become useful again.  The beauty of wood is its workability - through sanding, staining or simply re-finishing, old wood can be made to look nearly brand new.  

Re-purposing old windows has become a popular trend.  From tables to cabinets, picture frames, and much more with a bit of ingenuity, inefficient single pane windows may continue to serve a useful purpose.    
Local restoration, retrofit and rebuilding specialists, Absolute Green Homes of South Salem, NY are professionals in transforming old wood materials into functional pieces.  

Their most recent project, The Beach House, is a great achievement in creative design, energy efficiency and use of materials.  When completed this home will be a shining example of the many ways in which re-purposed building materials can bring unique character into a space.   

When starting your next project or spring cleaning consider if the materials you plan to discard may be useful in some way.  By re-purposing old materials we not only protect our environment but also put special meaning into our homes.  

A word of caution:  removing lead paint from old wood can be a health hazard; use caution if you are unsure of what finish has been previously applied to the wood.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ready for Summer

Warm weather is just around the corner!  Over the past month we have been busy preparing materials that will be used in outdoor projects this year.

Here is a recent run of our Hemlock Channel siding.  A classic vertical siding, this product is used on everything from residential homes, out buildings, rustic restaurants, and much more.

A look that has become very popular is an outdoor beadboard ceiling.  White beadboard brightens up any space and offers interesting detail.  Our pre-primed pine beadboard is also able to be used for indoor applications.

Our Hemlock Log siding is another popular material.  Also for both interior and exterior use this product is actually a half log; it offers the look of traditional log siding with an easier and more economical installation.