This week our Sarasota, FL facility broke ground for a new kiln and an extensive wood slab production space. The new wood slab space will provide us with more area to store and air-dry a greater selection of wood slabs. The 10,000-board-foot dehumidifying kiln will bring our company-wide drying capabilities to 600,000 board feet. This includes dehumidification, vacuum, and conventional steam kilns.
Live-Edge Wood Slabs are beautiful pieces that give us a glimpse inside the complicated beauty of trees. Think of a live-edge wood slab as a CAT scan where you can see the different layers the tree is made of, from bark to heartwood. While the common inclination is to create tables out of them, there are other ways to utilize their unique beauty.
Five months ago we introduced our urban lumber program to turn unwanted trees from local areas into slabs, saving them from the wood chipper. We’ve had great success in bringing in large amounts of logs in a variety of species, each more interesting than the last.