FAQs & Terminology
What is a flitch?
A flitch is a stack of wood slabs cut from the same log, stacked in the sequence in which they were cut.
What is a bookmatch?
Do you carry wood with a "live edge", or "natural edge"?
Yes! The vast majority of our local lumber boasts at least one live edge.
Do you carry dimensional lumber (2x4, 1x6, etc.)?
Typically not. Most of our inventory is "as the tree comes", in whatever length the log came to us, with one or both live edges. We are able to cut and plane our existing stock down to whatever size you'd like.
Do you carry exotic woods?
Typically not. Because all of our lumber is from local 'urban' trees, we have a great variety of species; if it grows here, we may carry it as lumber! This also means that if it doesn't grow here, we don't carry it. Some examples of wood species we do not have in stock include mahogany, redwood, ebony, padauk, purple heart, and bamboo.
From where is your wood sourced?
Nearly all of our lumber comes from trees that lived out their lives in the streets and fields of the Denver-Metro area and were cut down due to development, age, or disease.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We're happy to accept cash, card (Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover), or check (with ID).
I want to build a (table, desk, bench, etc.). What will the lumber for it cost?
Lumber cost depends on the size of the slabs you'll need and the wood species you choose. Please determine the dimensions of your desired finished product (length x width x thickness) prior to contacting us for a quote. We're happy to provide a rough estimate of cost - including species options - via email or phone, but we need to know what you're looking for!
What is a board foot?
A board foot (bf) is a unit of volume for lumber, equal to 144 cubic inches. A 1” thick board that measures 12”x12” is an example of one bf.
How is your lumber priced?
Our lumber is priced by the board foot (see above). Price per board foot is dependent on species & size. Character, figure, and defects also adjust prices.
What does it mean for a board to be "roughsawn"?
"Roughsawn" describes the stage the lumber is in. Roughsawn boards are straight from the sawmill. The sawmill has a heavy-duty blade with rugged teeth; this leaves the surface of the resulting cut board looking rough and inconsistent. Because boards are dried *after* being milled, roughsawn boards may show some natural warping from the drying process: cupping, twisting, or cracking. They may also show some greying and/or staining from weather exposure.
What does it mean for a board to be "planed"?
"Planed", "surface planed", or "S2S" describes the stage the lumber is in. Roughsawn boards are carefully hand-planed and then run through a machine planer in order to get them flat and smooth. It's important to note that planing a board does require removing material, resulting in a thinner board.
5/4, 6/4, 8/4? What are these fractions?
These fractions refer to the approximate thickness of hardwood lumber, measured in quarters of an inch and expresed as fractions. For example, wood measuring 1.25" thick would be referred to as being 5/4, read aloud, "five quarter".
We chopped down a tree on my property. Can you mill it into slabs for me?
Yes! We'd be happy to help you turn that once-prized source of shade and beauty into lumber or furnishings. You can pay for milling and have all the lumber returned to you, or we can work out a trade wherein we keep some of the lumber in lieu of mill fees.
We've got logs we want milled. Can you pick them up?
Afraid not. If you're working with an arborist to fell the tree, ask them if they're willing to transport. Renting a truck is another option.
If I buy lumber from you, can you help me finish it?
Yes, absolutely! We have a fully-equipped wood shop on site and are happy to do as little or as much of the finishing work as you'd like. If you just need something cut to fit in your vehicle, no problem. Or, if you don't have the means to build but desire to apply finish yourself, we can build a "raw blank" - all cut, joined, sanded, and ready to accept a finish. We'll also tackle your entire project, start to finish. Learn more about our custom woodworking services on our furniture page.
I want a thick slab sliced in half to make two thinner, bookmatched slabs. Can you re-saw this for me?
We are able to re-saw cants and slabs that are at least 5" thick with our bandsaw mill. Unfortunately, we are not equipped to re-saw thinner slabs, nor to saw veneers.