Friday, June 28, 2013

Our retail sales representatives are Pat Wightman-Yank and Marty Corsi. Pat has been working here for 29 years. This only includes the years she as actually worked at the mill not the number of the years she has been around the family business.

Marty is on the go around the yard and available to help you make your wood selections.
He has been with us for 13 years. Marty said he has had the opportunity to work in almost every area of the mill to help him develop a strong understanding of the milling and grading processes. He shared with me that he has learned from everyone he has contact with and that often our customers bring new knowledge and perspective on product uses. Marty said that the number one thing he enjoys about his job at Wightman Specialty Woods is the really great customers he gets to meet everyday.

Together Pat and Marty add 42 years the organization. Joel Griffith adds 8 years and with Cliff Clune’s 44 we have introduced you to 94 years of experience and we are just getting started. As I continue to introduce our employees it will be amazing to find out how many years of know-how we have collectively.   
Holy Maple ------

This week we have been sawing Hard Maple logs and this is a big one. It is truly amazing to see the size of the boards coming off. The largest hard maple log we currently have in inventory is 36” in diameter with 1024 board feet. That is a lot of log to handle and these guys know just how to get the job done.

                        Spots in photos are caused by sawdust particles. 
                                          Very large hard maple log.
                                          Typical size hard maple log.
Pictured Joel Griffith – Feeding cuts from large maple log into edge trimmer. Joel has been with Wightman Lumber for 8 years. He works in the sawmill as a sawyer, saw operator and filer. 

Delaware Academy Furniture Gallery
On June 17, 2013 Delaware Academy held the 4th annual Furniture Gallery featuring woodworking projects completed by students of Technology Teacher, Eric Sturtz,. Marty Corsi was able to attend the showing and enjoyed viewing the workmanship of the students combined with our specialty woods. Marty found that the students displayed much talent and great future potential in the field of wood working. We wish the students great success and fulfillment in their future years as wood workers.

The following was taken from the program:
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer;
a man who works his hands and his brain is a craftsman;
but a man who works with his hand and his brains and his heart is a an artist.”

                                                                                    Louis Nizer

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cliff Clune - Whole Sale and Mill Safety Office

Cliff joined Wightman Lumber in August of 2012 and brought with him a wealth of experience and knowledge. Having started in the lumber business at the age of 18 he has grown with the industries for over 40 years. Cliff is a graduate of the National Harwood Lumber Association Inspection School in Memphis, TN. His years in the lumber industries have included lumber inspection, kiln operator, mill management, purchasing and sales. For a number of years he operated his own business, Clune Lumber, located in Otego, NY.   

Cliff shares that he enjoys the honest, hardworking and interesting people he has meet over the years. When I asked Cliff why he loves his job he told me, “After over 4 decades in the industry every day is still a learning experience.” He also shared that is his looking forward to spending many more years learning and meeting people. We are grateful for the knowledge, talents and experience that Cliff brings to the job.

Cyndi Miller saying hello from Wightman Specialty Woods

I would like to introduce myself, Cyndi Miller. I am a fresh face at Wightman Specialty Woods. I will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide diversification in my work responsibilities. One of my many exciting goals is to keep in contact with weekly updates to Wightman’s blog and Facebook page. I will be introducing to you our employees and sharing a little history about the experience that they bring to our company. Collectively we have an incredible number of years of experience in the industry.

I am looking very forward to the opportunity to let our friends know what’s going on at the mill in Portlandville, New York. We have been very busy at the mill this spring. We are looking forward to some projects slated for this summer and are also busy developing plans for our 20th Fall Open House which will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013. I hope to meet you all in person at our open house.