Got Questions? Don't worry, we've got (some) answers!!!

Here's a list of our most frequently asked questions.

Do you buy logs? 

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: It's complicated. 

Do you buy timberland? 

Yes, we do. Please call us, we'd be happy to scout your land and advise you of your best route to take. 

Do you cut trees for individuals? 

Sorry, we do not. 

What is the difference between Eastern and Western Cedar?

One is red and white, one is a brownish red. Both are great for exterior applications. Eastern Cedar is grown in the southern/ eastern United States, and Western Cedar in the western United States and Canada. 

Does Cypress rot?

Yes, but it takes a while.  

Where do you harvest your wood?

We are located on the corners of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas, therefore, we harvest and mill wood from all four of those states. We import domestic hardwoods such as Hard Maple and Cherry from the Northern United States and Doug Fir/Western Cedar from the Western United States and Canada. Our exotic lumber comes from all over the world, we don't discriminate.  

Is your live edge wood kiln dried?

Yes. We air dry and kiln dry all our live edge wood, including live edge slabs, live edge mantels, and live edge shelves. This is very important, if you're not buying your live edge products from us, make sure they are kiln dried to minimize warping and cracking. 

Can you plane the lumber I glue?

No. We do not allow lumber into our facility for a variety of reasons. Even if the wood was purchased here, once it leaves our yard, we don't allow it to return to our facility. 

How much do wood beams cost? Are wood beams expensive?

The cost of a wood beam is like cost of any other product: a Cadillac costs more than a Chevy, a big truck costs more than a small truck . It's the same with wood, some species cost more, and some cost less. For Example; hardwoods such as White Oak which are in demand by architects and designers tend to cost more than Red Oak. Softwoods such as Southern Yellow Pine, due to demand, cost less than Douglas Fir or Western Cedar, which are both imported from Canada and the north eastern United States. 

Why are live edge slabs so expensive?

Live edge wood slabs can be expensive, that's for sure. There's a lot of work that goes into getting a live edge slab ready to sell, many steps must be taken to ensure quality. Here's a list of a few: 

  • The machinery used to cut large chunks of wood is very expensive
    • The labor required to move these extremely heavy slabs around is expensive. We pay people good for their labor. 
    • Real Estate: We let all our live edge slabs air dry for a number of years before we kiln dry them. This take up many square feet of space, in our case, acres of land. 
    • Kiln Drying: In order to get these thick chunks of wood dried correctly, we sometimes have to put them in our kiln two or three times, that add up quick. 
    • Surfacing: Another expensive machine is used to surface live edge slabs. 

When you add it all up, a correctly dried and finished live edge slab that lasts forever is actually quite affordable when you look at all that's involved in the process. 

What is Quarter Sawn Lumber? 

Quarter sawn lumber is a type of wood that is cut in a way that maximizes its structural integrity and stability. The term "quarter sawn" refers to the way the log is cut, which involves splitting it into four quarters and then sawing each quarter into planks.

This cutting method results in a distinctive grain pattern that runs perpendicular to the board's face. The grain pattern consists of straight, parallel lines that resemble rays radiating from the center of the log. This pattern not only adds aesthetic appeal to the wood but also provides several benefits such as increased stability, durability, and resistance to warping and cupping.

Quarter sawn lumber is commonly used in applications where strength and stability are crucial, such as for flooring, furniture, and musical instruments. It is considered more valuable than other types of wood because of its unique grain pattern and durability. However, the process of quarter sawing is more time-consuming and expensive than other cutting methods, which results in a higher cost for the end product.

What is Live Sawn Lumber? 

Live sawing is a milling technique that is also known as through-and-through sawing or plain sawing. The live sawing method involves cutting a log into planks by slicing the log lengthwise from the center outwards, with each cut passing through the entire diameter of the log. This method of sawing generally produces wider, flatter boards with a more varied grain pattern.

The advantage of live sawn lumber is that it maximizes the use of each log, resulting in more efficient use of resources and less waste. This technique also creates boards that showcase the unique grain patterns of the wood, making it popular for architectural purposes such as flooring, paneling, and furniture making.

However, live sawn lumber tends to have more variation in grain pattern, which may not be suitable for some applications that require consistency, such as cabinetry or furniture that must have a uniform appearance.

What is Plain Sawn Lumber? 

Plain sawn lumber, also known as flat sawn lumber, is the most common type of lumber cut from a log. It is created by sawing the log straight through from the first cut to the last, resulting in a series of planks with a consistent grain pattern.

This type of lumber is the most economical because it can be produced quickly and with minimal waste. It is often used for framing, sheathing, and other structural applications.

However, plain sawn lumber has some disadvantages as well. It tends to be less stable than other types of lumber, as changes in humidity and temperature can cause it to warp or twist. It also has a less attractive appearance compared to other types of lumber, with a pronounced grain pattern and a tendency to contain knots and other imperfections.