Lumber, Trees and Tables

New additions to Lumber 06/20/16

We have some new arrivals at the sawmill. If you are interested in purchasing dimensional lumber or slabs please contact us. This is our cut list for June/July 2016:

  • American Elm - 9'Long x 48" dia (We are going to do 2-3" Slabs for table tops)/ 
  • American Elm - 10' Long x 36" dia (2-3" slabs for table tops)
  • American Elm - 10' Long x 30" wide x 24" Dia (dimensional stock 4/4 and 8/4)
  • Ambrosia Maple - 4000 board feet milled at 4/4
  • Spalted Sugar Maple - 7' Long x 36"dia (milled into slabs for table tops). 
  • Cherry - 16' long x 22" dia (dimensional stock)
  • Cherry - 8' long x 24" dia with crook (2" slabs)
  • Silver Maple (8' Long x 30" Dia (2-3" Slabs)

We are always on the hunt for more beautiful locally harvested logs. As we find them we will continue to share them with you. If you have some trees and would like to save them from the chipper or fireplace, please contact us

Cheers!

Marc

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Trees and Tables

Trees and tables made in Rhode Island

Buying furniture can be confusing and difficult. Often times this is because we dont know where to begin... Building furniture here in Rhode Island gives us a great advantage because we are able to locally source our lumber, meet with clients, and deliver our pieces without much travel.

Here at Hopes Woodshop we pride ourselves on making sure that we are sustainably harvesting local trees. This means we primarily use trees that may have come down in a storm or were yard trees that were dangerous for homeowners and their homes. 

6 months ago I received a phone call at 7am from a friend that the Sugar Maple tree was coming down in front of her home in Providence, RI. I jumped out of bed and rushed to see if I could save this log from being firewood. As you can see from the photos below, I was successful!

 

We work with a local Sawmill in Coventry RI, that take these trees and mill them into usable lumber that we can build our furniture with. Once the lumber is milled, the drying process begins. This takes anywhere from 1-2 years until the lumber has reached its optimal moisture content of 7-10%. Below are photos of the stickering and stacking process. 

In 2 years we will begin hand selecting boards from this pile to become furniture. What they will become? Only time will tell... 

To learn more about wood movement and moisture content please check out "Understanding Moisture content and wood movement"

Check our these links for more information:

How to go green 

Why Buying local is worth every cent

The first post...

For those of you that have worked with us in the past, you have noticed we have a new website. For those of you who haven't worked with us, this is exciting! 

We will be showcasing our work on this site that is complete and those pieces that are for sale. So please be sure to bookmark our site so you can keep an eye on our design. 

Stay tuned for more in 2014... 

Cheers, 

Marc