See Our Process

 
The Raw Material

The Raw Material

We collect old wood from barns, industrial buildings, old textile mills, old saw mills, water towers, wine vats, and we've even got some timber from the Welland Canal lock gates.

The Yard

The Yard

As a wholesaler, we keep our nine acre yard filled with everyday inventory items along with materials we acquire through demolition projects and common purchase.

The Bunk

The Bunk

Before any cutting can be performed inside the mill, all nails and other metal must be extracted and set aside for recycling. This process contributes to the safety of the machine operators and adds to the esthetics of the finished products. It's a hard job.

  The Head Saw

The Head Saw

The head saw was specially made for us and is the largest saw this manufacturer has so far made. As timbers come in, they're 'skinned' by the head saw to remove the accumulated years of debris, paint and dings. When the timber exits the saw, it will be clean cut on all four sides.

The Four Sided Planer

The Four Sided Planer

Material destined to be reused as timbers is passed through our four-sided planer, which can handle 14" x 16" material.

  The ReSaw

The ReSaw

This saw works in a roundabout motion which permits us to keep wood in the saw blade at all times. This process increases productivity and saves time, which in turn saves our customers money. The result is finely cut board stock.

  Two Sided Edger

Two Sided Edger

Guided by lasers, this rip saw cuts both sides of the board in one pass, which allows us to get maximum usage of each piece milled in the shortest amount of time. ** Warning: video has sound

The Hog

The Hog

Scrap material, offcuts and floor sweepings are fed into the hog via the vibrating chute, where it's ground into sawdust and collected by our powerful dust collection system. Our waste is used to make wood pellets for pellet stoves.

  The Sort Chain

The Sort Chain

As a board exits the resaw and edger, it passes through the hands of some of the most experienced guys in the shop. These artisans assess each board and allocate it it to a batch according to our tightly-worded grade descriptions, ready for its trip to the kiln. **Warning: video has sound

The Chop Saw

The Chop Saw

Boards are trimmed to length on the chop saw and the ends squared up.

The Kiln

The Kiln

We gently kiln dry our boards down to a uniform moisture content. This process ensures stability of the final product and adds to the overall quality. As an added bonus, it also sterilizes the wood so that any of the critters it may have collected along the way are killed off.

The Wire Brush Machine

The Wire Brush Machine

We built this, so we're quite proud of it. Two counter rotating wire brushes are pressed against incoming board stock which is fed in by a power feed system. The brushes produce a wonderful surface texture by removing some of the softer fibers.

The Molder

The Molder

Our molder is one of the most advanced in the U.S. and because we set it up to make one small batch of flooring at a time, it can hold incredibly tight tolerances. The net result can be a floor that needs very little finishing as the the boards are so uniform. Of course, some of our floors, like Settlers' Plank and Attic Collection are uniformly random!

Packaging

Packaging

Each floor is packaged by hand to both ensure protection during shipping and ease of handling at the jobsite.

Shipping

Shipping

We'll ship anywhere in North America, or in the case of this load, the middle east. Our shipping department has the experience to set up some pretty tricky deliveries and best of all, we don't mark up freight charges.