While we specialize in the King of Cabinet Woods, BLACK WALNUT (Juglans
nigra) lumber, we do inventory other species and will be adding them to our site as time permits.
To insure quality, logs for our lumber came from this locale, rough sawn to our
specifications, and air-dried at our warehouse to 9-11% MC. We know where our lumber comes from
and we know that the lumber was properly dried and stored.
We do not "steam" our lumber. Steaming is
an industry practice done for the benefit of the industry - not the
woodworker. Steaming allows the industry to sell Sapwood at Heartwood
prices (i.e. sapwood is graded as heartwood). As purists who desire
the "old world" natural lumber we believe steaming grays and dulls
palette of the lumber, reduces its patina, and reduces the beautiful grain
contrast which makes Walnut Lumber the "King of Cabinet Woods"
Our lumber is from slow
growth trees from Northeastern Iowa and Northwestern Illinois. This area is regarded as one
of the best growing areas (for Black Walnut) in the world.
We do not
buy trees or lumber from private parties. Nor do we buy trees from outside of our locale mentioned above