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Putting these ancient sugar maple slabs to scale

Putting these ancient sugar maple slabs to scale

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We keep an extensive inventory of Appalachian species only as we focus our collections on wind falls and diseased trees that are locally acquired. Most often, they are “yard trees” that without the normal forest competition tend to have thick stocky trunks. We only accept the older and most gnarled or figured wood as they best tell the story of their struggles to survive.

These trees speak through the grain of their wood. Technical terminology for characteristics such as Curly, Spalted, Quilted, Wormy, and Burly are simple labels for extremely complex growth and figure resulting from a myriad of stresses and injuries that the tree has endured.  This figure can be difficult to see in a rough board for the untrained eye, but once our slabs have been finished you will be captivated by the depth and movement as the grain tells the story of its life.

Our sawing technique called “slabbing” means that once we choose the direction to slice, we make repeated parallel cuts until all boards are freed. We don’t cut the bark edges off as to leave the natural “live edge” intact. After a period of air drying to relieve the boards of excess moisture, we finish drying and sterilizing them in our kilns before offering them to you.

Whether you are searching for a unique desk, mantle, table, bar top, or even stunning wall art, let our sales staff assist. We will walk you through the myriad of color, shape and size choices available as we help you discover your perfect one-of-kind piece.

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”

Alice Walker quotes (American writer, b.1944)

Stocked species fluctuate with availability

Species currently on hand but not limited to:

  •    Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
  •    Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  •    Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
  •    Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
  •    Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
  •    Hard Maple (Acer saccharum)
  •    Pecan (Carya illinoensis)
  •    Hickory (Carya glabra and Carya tomentosa)
  •    Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
  •    Soft Maple (Acer rubrum and Acer saccharinum)
  •    Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
  •    White Ash (Fraxinus Americana)
  •    White Oak (Quercus alba)
Lengths range from 2’ to 18’ Widths range from 1’ to 6’ Thicknesses range from 2 ½” to 6”

Shapes specified as:

  •    Mantles
  •    Irregular
  •    Ovals
  •    Rectangles
  •    Rounds
  •    Y’s
Photos available upon request
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Customer Reviews

When we were building the new tasting room for our winery we knew we had to have a remarkable piece of wood for the bar top. I looked to Bark House explaining that I needed a nice mountain look with a large WOW factor. When I went to the Bark House showroom, we were able to find that Wow factor I was looking for. A 17' long, live edge slab of white oak that was 42 wide and 3 thick!

Steve Tatum
Grandfather Vineyard & Winery