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As we go forward in these trying economic times we should try to evaluate what is really important in our lives. Instead of focusing on disposable consumer goods that will be obsolete in six months why not focus on family activities that bring us closer together. One of these activities can be teaching the next generation to spend some time in the woodshop learning how to create furniture, musical instruments, and art. This encourages self-esteem and family unity that will be helpful in getting through this recession.

~Rick Hearne

Recent News:

Brian Hearne started off the year "down under"- making his yearly trip to restock our supply of Australian woods. In addition to Blackwood and burls, he also purchased several types of Eucalyptus. We will post more information and lumber pictures when the material arrives. Click here to view photos from Brian's Australian Buying Trip.


Rick Hearne and Tom Glackin also visited warmer climates with a trip to the 2009 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show in Los Angeles, California. They had a blast! Their time was spent this year as spectators, meeting new people and visiting with old friends. They had such a good time that next year we are planning to participate with a booth of our own- Hope to see you there!

Brian in Australia

~Brian Enjoying his Australian Buying Trip

Internet Store: Red Heart

Looking for something to "Wow" your sweetheart? Or maybe you are just in search of something eye catching! How about Redheart?

Redheart is a dense fine textured hardwood from Central America. Unlike a lot of our exotic species Redheart can be found with more user-friendly widths. Our stock usually runs 2-11.5 inches wide by 2 to 6 feet. If you are looking for radiant red material you will not be disappointed. Do note, Redheart needs to be protected by a UV blocking finish or the heartwood will oxidize to more of a brownish red.

~Click here to view available Redheart on our Internet Store

sample of redheart

Newsletter Special of the Month: 4/4 Med. Figure Birdseye Maple

Named for its curious figure pattern that actually does look like tiny bird eyes, this hard maple is most commonly used in furniture, molding, flooring, and cabinetry; a very workable wood with a wonderful neutral color we would recommend Birdseye Maple for any project.

During the month of February our 4/4 medium figure, white on 1 face, Birdseye Maple is on sale for $8.00 a board foot. Normal dimensions for this material run 4- 6 inches wide by 7-8 feet. Click here for more information.

~If you have any additional questions or would like to place an order please email Chris Tankalavage at [email protected] or call (888) 814~0007.

*Newsletter Specials are for Newsletter subscribers only. Please mention this offer when inquiring about our products or placing an order.

medium figure birdseye maple

Featured Wood: Genuine Mahogany

Mahogany, Swietenia macrophylla, also known as Genuine Mahogany, Honduran Mahogany, Belizean Mahogany, Central American Mahogany... you get the point, grows in Central and South America. No matter what you are familiar with calling it, Mahogany is hands down the most respected "furniture wood" of all time. Unfortunately this resource is one of the most abused as well. For years mahogany trees have been harvested in a completely unregulated environment, under valued to the point where it was widely used as a paint grade molding instead of being saved for fine furniture and musical instruments. Today, Genuine Mahogany is a bit harder to find leading to price increases and smaller stock.

The heartwood color can vary from golden brown to red to dark reddish brown. Our Mahogany stock runs 4-15 inches wide, although we usually have flitch stock up to 30 inches in width, with 8-16 foot lengths. We carry plain sawn and figured material, including crotch and quilt. ~Click here to view Mahogany Sample Gallery.



*Want to own a piece of history? Last month we received our shipment of much anticipated Belizean Mahogany "Sinker Logs". Over a hundred years ago, when Belize was a British Colony, English loggers floated logs to sawmills down the ancient Mayan rivers. Some of the logs sank, forgotten, until the last decade.

Last summer, Brian Hearne spent a month with a Belizean company that has been recovering these logs. Together they cut and catalogued dozens of sinkers into amazing book matched sets. The outcome was gorgeous, wide, clear and figured material. ~Click here to view pictures of our "Sinker Logs"


~If you would like more information on any of our Mahogany material call (888) 814-0007 or email us at [email protected].

~If you are specifically interested in our "Sinker Mahogany Logs" please call and ask for Brian or email him at [email protected].


mahogany picture

~Mahogany Gallery


cutting sinker logs

Cutting Mahogany "sinker logs" in Belize ~ Click Here to see more!

Announcements: Festool

Due to increasing interest, we have expanded the Festool department at our retail location in Oxford, PA. We now have many more of the products on hand and we encourage you to view/ handle the tools before purchasing. Several of our employees have been fully trained by Festool and can answer any questions.

Festool power tools have been leading the industry in quality and design for over 80 years. All Festool products have a 3-year warranty along with a 30-day money back guarantee. Click here for more information or call (888)-814-0007 and ask for Kyle ([email protected]).

For our out of town customers or those of you with little time to spare, all of our Festool products can still be purchased on our website. ~Click here to visit our Internet Store.


festool display

~Setting up our new displays

Business Hours:

Normal Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am-4pm. Walk-ins are always welcome.  Please call ahead if there are specific slabs you are interested in seeing.  We look forward to your visit.