Etsy Store Launch

We are happy to announce the launch of the TimberForgeWoodworks Etsy Shop! You find there all of our cutting boards or serving trays, coasters, phone and tablet stands, desk accessories, coffee tables, TV stands, and end tables. Many items are available in many different species of wood, including Black Walnut, Ash, Sweet Cherry, or American Chestnut. 

All July, we are offering a 10% discount with the coupon code BARRON. Enter it a checkout and receive up to $110 off some of our larger items. 

Link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TimberForgeWoodworks

Fallen Ash Tree Milling - Fourth of July Weekend

A few days before the Fourth of July weekend, we got a phone call from a friend. The day before the call, the Tri-State area experienced one of the worst storms of the summer as high winds, flooding, tornadoes, and baleful blasts of lightning wreaked havoc. Perhaps simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, a 40-foot branch was struck by lightning and sent plummeting to the ground, ripped apart from its 200-plus year old trunk.

Thankfully, there was no property damage and the approximately 5 ton branch fell into a small patch of woods. The owner of the property thought that TFW might make some use out of a few tons of wood, so he gave us a call and had us hurry over. We arrived early morning on the 4th, and, looking at the sheer magnitude of the wood, knew that we were in for a great day. 

In order to mill the gigantic branch, we had cut it into 3 separate logs with a chainsaw, but first had to saw off any protruding, smaller branches. 

Each log weighed about 1 ton, which made dislodging them with solely a chainsaw difficult. Eventually, we resorted to the uncommon but extremely efficient method known as "ramming into the logs with your truck."

Eventually however, the logs were separated completely and ready to be loaded onto the mill. We sought the help of a local sawyer, John, whose portable sawmill allows you to mill a tree with a maximum 36 inch diameter. 

As we picked up each slab that rolled off the mill, we could not stop marveling at the beauty and texture of the grain patterns or the complex coloring rarely seen in an Ash. Let's just say we are excited.

It took two trips to bring 3 tons worth of slabs back to the warehouse, where they were stacked and left to dry in the open air for a few months before we place them in a hand-made solar kiln. We cannot wait until they are dry and ready to be made into beautiful Timber Forge Woodworks pieces. 

We hope your 4th was as well spent as ours!

The Garlic Poet Restaurant

Hello All!

On Friday we happily delivered two awesome elm table tops to The Garlic Poet Restaurant's new artisan pizza shop, called Grain + Verse Bottlehouse in Hershey PA, opening February 6th. The client wanted to make some cast iron piping legs himself, which we are excited to see in the next week or two. 

Those Elm slabs though...

They came out beautifully. Each slab had a giant crack (or cracks) down the middle and others throughout, which allowed us to do the common butterfly inlay technique to stabilize any further separation and add support. Along with the butterflies, we used our West System crystal clear marine epoxy to fill the cracks and other checks and dips in the wood to create a smooth and level surface all around on both tables. 

With the burls on the sides of the slabs, the figuring throughout the grain, the dark contrasting cracks throughout the tables and the cherry butterflies, they turned out to be pretty badass and it was a success in the end, after a good 30 or 40 hours of work.

Looking forward to seeing how well the legs compliment the top. Updates to come!

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Holiday Happenings

Cucumber Magnolia live-edge dining table

Well, we've actually had a bit of interest in our woodwork recently and are in the middle of finishing a few jobs before their Christmas deadline. Of course it was last-minute requests so with approaching deadlines, other work during the day, and the required girlfriend holiday time we are BOOKED and end up with some long evening hours.  However, if we are to spend time on anything, it should be something we love (and are actually getting paid for!).     

Our largest job right now is a cucumber magnolia live-edge dining table (pictured left). Yes, it is as cool and bad-ass as it sounds. Lou has dropped in 6 butterfly keys to stabilize some minor cracks, and the hard maple legs are being measured and cut to size for fitting.  This is the largest piece we have ever made and we are all excited for someone to appreciate and truly enjoy the beauty and craftmanship that goes into it. More photos to come!