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We specialize in all things wood – learn everything you need to know about wood products and materials. Get to know Woodstock Architectural Products – from our manufacturing standards to our level of customer service. We want you in the driver seat. The more you know as our customer, the better we can partner to fulfill your project needs.

 

Create Fall Charm with Ceiling Beams

Monday, November 23, 2020

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There are so many ways to decorate your home. With a personalized design and custom furniture, your home becomes your oasis. Never settle for less when creating your indoor haven, go big! A dramatic décor choice that will enhance any room are faux and hand hewn beams.

ceiling beamsWhat are ceiling beams?

Ceiling beams were originally introduced as a decorative covering for wooden joists. Ceiling joists are exposed horizontal pieces of wood used to frame an open space. Joists are commonly left exposed in an attic or basement. Beams are placed along the ceiling in the same framing design as joists but more aesthetically appealing making a room look remarkable.

Faux Beams

At Woodstock Architectural Products, we provide wood beams both faux and hand hewn. Faux beams are typically a uniform rectangle shape with the flexibility to be any size. They can be as wide, short, narrow, or skinny as you want. They are light weight with an MDF core, hollow center, and open back side. The design of your faux wood beam can be almost anything you can imagine. With the versatility of real wood veneer, the beam can be various colors and wood grains. We can also cover the MDF with real reclaimed wood panels to give the country charm of the hand hewn look.

 

Hand Hewn Beams

Hand hewn beams are fallen solid pieces of lumber from 100s of years ago, cut into rectangle logs with an axe. They add drama and airiness to a kitchen or dining area giving the warmth of the outdoors inside the home. Hand hewn beams come in many species and look gorgeous, each with a unique story of their own. Often, they are hard to work with; they cannot easily be cut into any other width or length and sold as is. Hand hewn beams can be an ideal addition to a cabin themed design or open design that integrates the essence of nature.

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No matter which type you choose, wood beams can add depth to any room making it beautiful. Beams don’t have to be limited to a ceiling; they can frame a room by being placed vertically from floor to ceiling. Schedule a free project consultation to find the right beam for you.


5 Live-Edge Wood Shopping Tips

Thursday, October 15, 2020

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When shopping around for live edge wood, beyond finding a piece that catches your eye, the quality of the wood slab is very important. As a custom shop, we choose the absolute best wood materials and provide exceptional craftmanship for your finished product. We are sharing 5 expert tips for shoppers on the hunt for live edge wood.

1. It Must Be Dry

Much of the live edge wood sold today is “air dried” however not many of the slabs have had the multiple years required to air dry slowly enough to be usable. Faster than air drying is kiln drying which helps stabilize the wood. If the wood is not kiln dried, there is a high probability that the wood will warp. The moisture content of the wood should be between 6-8%. There are different types of kilns, but essentially, they are all the same. The importance is that the wood is not wet to create what you want with it.

2. Make Sure It’s the Size You Need

It’s important to understand the width, length and thickness needed for the use of your slab. If you’re planning on making a dining tabletop with the slab, you may prefer a solid wood slab 36” wide, 3” thick, 60” long. For a live edge floating shelf or mantel, you will want a smaller slab in length and width but thicker to hide the brackets in the slab to create the “floating” appearance. Slabs can also be glued together to create a custom width, or you can search for a solid slab that meets your criteria but may be cut down to size.

3. Is it the Real Thing?

The true beauty of natural live edge comes from the sap of the wood. The raw, blonde, lighter colored edge is a quick way to distinguish natural live edge wood. Natural live edge gives the feeling of the tree it came from and the environment it grew in. Faux live edge wood typically has a smoother edge with the grain matching the rest of the wood slab. However, sometimes the sap/bark gets torn off the natural tree and it can be hard to difference between the two. The benefit of faux is that it can be made from any piece of wood and shaped into any size you want. Faux is a replication of live edge. Like looking at paintings or listening to a band. Looking at a replica of a Picasso is not the same as looking at the original painting.

4. Is it Ready Made?

You can buy a live edge wood slab without a finish, but it is always recommended to at least do a topcoat to seal and protect the wood. The topcoat also brings out the grain and beauty of the wood itself. You can do a topcoat yourself with a durable finish or take the wood to a finisher. The type of finish needed also depends on the intended use of the wood. For a live edge cutting board, use a food grade oil because some oil such as teak oil is not healthy to place food on. For a dining table, a conversion varnish will last much longer through numerous meals. While a polyurethane topcoat can be used for a bench or item that food is not being placed on.

5. Will it Match Your Décor?

Wood looks great with a simple black or white design. However, if you want to paint the wood another color, you should choose an open grained wood. Open grained species such as oak has a much larger grain than other wood species so when it is painted the grain will still be visible. Staining wood can change the color of the wood but won’t cover the surface. It’s a great alternative! A stain normally darkens the wood but can also alter the hue to make it lighter. A tanning solution, which we do exclusively in-house, can drastically alter the color of the wood making it black or different shades of red and brown.

Browse our live-edge inventory to find the slab you’re looking for, we also have more in our showroom!


Get Ready to Renovate with Wood Veneer

Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Wood is versatile – it ranges in color, shape, and size. Your piece of furniture starts as a tree, cut down by a lumberjack. The tree is sliced into logs by a mill and hand crafted into your dream piece. The process is exciting and challenging, now imagine slicing the wood to 2 mm thick making it as thin as a slice of cheese for a hamburger. The sheets can be as thin as 0.6 mm that can cover other surfaces instead of one solid piece of wood. That is veneer – a type of overlay decorative surface that can cover cabinets, dressers, counters, shelves, racks, walls…the list is essentially endless. Veneer makes the application of wood more flexible.

Natural Veneers

When you select a veneer that is sliced from an individual tree log and not repurposed in any way, it is a natural veneer. Natural veneer is more expensive, especially if it is a rare species that is cut down. With natural veneer, no one sheet is the same because no tree bark is the same. A trees’ reaction to growing conditions over time cause the color, depth, and curves of the grain to be unique. The uniqueness of the grain will be evident – often an easy way to distinguish natural veneer from reconstituted veneer. However, natural veneer can be sequence matched meaning that similar logs are used to maintain the overall effect of an uninterrupted grain and color.

Remarkable Veneers

At Woodstock, we have a private brand of reconstituted veneer called Remarkable Veneers. Reconstituted veneer is FSC certified, ensuring responsible stewardship for cutting trees and preserving rare species. A fast-growing species is cut down and turned into pulp, then resin and dye are added to transform the look of it into a rare wood species such as Ebony Zebrawood or Green Birds Eye Maple. The reconstituted wood is then put into a big block and sliced thin into veneer for use.

The pros of using a reconstituted veneer are the inexpensive cost, the multiple color options, and sustainability. The con being all the sheets of veneer may look the same because they are processed and replicated from the same log. Large commercial projects such as a hotel remodel, consider all the veneer being uniform, a perk. With a large order you can also get the full block of lumber to make moulding or trim that matches the veneer for a cohesive design.

Design Inspiration

Still don’t know what you can design with wood veneer? Here are a few examples to get your design juices flowing.
Adhere veneer panels to the bottom half of a wall for wainscoting design. Apply a full wall application with veneer architectural panels covering the entire wall. With Remarkable Veneers you can create almost any design! You can also renovate an entire kitchen mixing and matching veneer by using plain sliced oak, rift white oak and maple.

We have over 200 Real Wood Veneers at Woodstock for you to choose from. Book an appointment with our experts today to inquire more or get your project started!


Reclaimed Wood – A Part of History

Monday, September 14, 2020

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Kevin travels through the country to hand select wood from 100-year-old barns. Every time he goes on one of these journeys, he learns another interesting wood origin story. Recently, while in Kentucky he saw barns that have been around for over 150 years, dating back to the civil war.

Scottsville, in southwest Kentucky, close to Bowling Green – a pivotal city as the capitol of Confederate Kentucky was devastated with destruction during the civil war. The Battle of Mill Springs was a major battle fought in south central Kentucky in which the Union won against the Confederate Army. Scottsville was one of many small cities surrounding this battle that had to re-gain what was lost during the war. Now, the city and area of Allen County is thriving with original reclaimed barn wood.

The area is full of open ranges and beautiful landscapes with barns still standing paying homage to the 150 years they survived. The wood Kevin hand selects is real, durable and a part of the United States’ history. Its authenticity can’t be beat or easily recreated.  Just as memorable as America’s wars are, so is the look and feel of reclaimed barn wood. Considered an American treasure, reclaimed woods’ possible uses are endless from furniture and décor to aroma and appeal. The naturally aged coloration and sun kissed tones are unmatched organic beauty, reflected in the beautiful barns (below) that Kevin explored during his most recent trip.

Stay tuned to see the Perfect Grey reclaimed wood sourced during this trip!


Custom not Complicated

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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Custom does not mean complicated. When some people hear “custom”, they think long wait times, high prices & a difficult process. Custom manufacturing at Woodstock is not a nightmare. Our professional staff understands what makes a product special: the quality of materials, uniqueness of design, customizable options and high level of service.

Our Process

Eco-Friendly

We are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. FSC is an international non-profit that promotes responsible deforestation by making sure when trees are cut down, companies are re-planting to preserve our atmosphere. When clients purchase FSC products they trust that these materials were sustainably sourced.

We use 100% genuine American sourced reclaimed wood, whenever we can. Reclaimed wood is good for the environment because it prevents needing to use extra machines to cut down the trees and mill it. The way the wood has changed over time and stood the tests of time, make it a great choice for almost any project.

State of the Art Mill

In our mill, we have machinery that allows us to make wood into almost anything. Our 2 precision moulders produces 12,000 LF per day, either cleaned up S4S (surface 4 sides) that we run at 75 LF per minute. Or a more complex crown design that, depending on the width & depth of the crown, we run at 30 LF per minute.

We have a gangrip saw that is a circular blade machine used for cutting wood width to the size needed. Then the wood is put in the moulder to be made into the shape needed.

Production

Our production facility runs in sync with the mill, once the wood is cut & shaped it is moved into production. Our expert craftsmen build every product by hand based on the customer’s specifications. We have multiple production tables stationed for sanding, fusing (either with adhesive, staples, or heat) and finishing (we do light finishing ourselves).

If the custom product includes a portion of metal, glass, or some other material that we don’t specialize in, we work with trusted industry partners to get it completed.

Our Customer Commitment

Honesty

We want our clients to trust that when they come to us, we can surpass their expectations. We are always transparent on the status of the product and offer a competitive price.

We back our products 100%. If something fails for any reason, we will own it and fix it. We do not shy away from discrepancies. We truly want our customers to be happy as they walk out of the showroom door with their new piece of woodworking.

Dedication

We are dedicated to being kind to wood and showing its natural inner beauty. Every piece we custom manufacture is created with care. Beyond using the highest quality material, we work hard to be your one stop shop for all things wood related. If you want a rare wood species, we find it. If your custom design is completely distinctive, we can make it.

Peace, Love & Happiness

From the moment you walk in the door, to the time you are admiring the completed product in your home, we want it to be a peaceful process. Not perfect but peaceful, there is no hassle when you work with our Woodstock Experts. As a vertically integrated organization completing any project of any size is seamless. Find comfort in knowing that your product was crafted with love. A love for wood and a love for our clients! Hearing that our clients are happy in the end is the most satisfying part of do what we do.

In efforts to fight the spread of Covid-19, we are taking appointments in our showroom for free order consultations and tours of our facility. Our showroom and mill are unlike any other wood shop in Las Vegas, come check us out!


Liven Up a Room with Wood Walls

Monday, August 10, 2020

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Remodeling? Want to do something different in your home but don’t know what? No need for wallpaper or paint, cover your wall with the timeless beauty of wood. Wood wall paneling can be 3D, reclaimed or matched & sequenced.

3D Triangle Wood Wall3D

3D wall paneling is a work of art on your wall, commonly referred to as a wood mural. The level of creativity of a natural wood dimensional wall is endless. Adding shapes and depth to an already extremely unique piece of wood makes a truly one of a kind wall application.

The dimensions that make the wood look alive on the wall also adds character and flow to a room. 3D wood walls can be matched to any décor – rustic, modern or even retro. The mid-century modern designs of the 1970’s is trending again today. With 3D shapes from triangles to square, thick and thin, end cuts of wood – your wall can look like anything you imagine.

 

Reclaimed Reclaimed Wood Wall Planks

Reclaimed wood panels, or planks, are 100-year-old pieces of wood from authentic American barns and fencing. No one piece is exactly like another, each is distinctive. When using 100% authentic reclaimed wood you are creating a personable wall feature with a story of its own. The wood has stood the tests of time with most planks naturally weathered and colored. The neutral tones can match any home décor.

Some reclaimed wood was painted shades of red or white – which was common for old American barns. These panels add sparks of color and a modern appeal when apart of a unified color scheme. The panels can cover an entire wall with the panels placed vertical or horizontal. You can also choose to only cover a portion of the wall such as the bottom half that is encased by decorative moulding to create an attractive reclaimed wood wainscoting.

 

Symmetrical (Sequenced)Wood Wall Partition

Symmetrical wall panels involve a process of sequentially matching the wood planks as a simple wood wall covering. Let’s break down some of the technical terms. Matched is the panel pattern, there are commonly 3 types: book match, slip match & end match. Book matched is when two panels are a mirror image of each other when placed side by side. End matched is similar to book matched but the panels are placed above and below each other to create the mirror image. Slip matched is a series of planks matched exactly as they were cut and placed in unison.

To sequence the panels is to place all of them in succession, continuous even across a door frame. (Check back for a more detailed post about sequencing) Balanced wall panels are wood planks of the same length covering most of the wall with equal length planks at each end of the wall to balance the covering.

Homeowners must also consider the cut of the wood when choosing the pattern. Plain cut wood has arches while rift cut wood is an all vertical grain. (Be on the lookout for a separate post about the types of wood cuts and how they affect your design)

Click & Stick Method

Residential or commercial, big, or small – any wall can be Woodstocked! With our patent pending click and stick method, installing your wood wall has never been easier. It is quick, mess-free, and simple for any do-it-yourself-er. Gayline, our in-house design expert can help you select the exact wall you need for your home or building.


Southwest Woods to Know

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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A good wood craftsman knows the most consistent thing about wood, is that it’s never consistent. Each tree has an origin story and each grain is never the same. However, the more familiar you become with wood, the easier it is to remember all its complexities. Here on the west coast, there are many native trees that have some of the most beautiful wood to familiarize yourself with. Alligator Juniper, California Buckeye & Mesquite trees are all native to the south west region of the United States.

Alligator Juniper Alligator Juniper

Many wood enthusiasts consider Alligator Juniper a rare find. This 30-50 ft tall tree is native to Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Named for its distinctive grooves that resemble alligator skin – rough and uniquely patterned. Alligator Juniper is the largest southwestern Juniper and has berry-like cones that have been used in food and teas. It is also wonderful firewood because it has a cedar like aroma that pleasantly fills the room and is even available as an incense or oil fragrance. While you may find Alligator Juniper firewood, you may not easily find charming furniture such as the root base table we have available in our showroom.

 

 

Buckeye Burl Tabletop & BaseCalifornia Buckeye

California Buckeye Burl is…you guessed it – native to California, found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Buckeye trees are multi-trunked and are often left as sculptures adding to the landscape design. The splendor of the California Buckeye is in its burl, a tree growth typically found on the trunk, when cut it reveals kaleidoscope swirls of gold and black. It’s grandeur is often awed over and used to create unusually designed guitars, rings, sculptures and tables. In our showroom, we have a Buckeye Burl tabletop with turquoise inlay and a natural edge complimented by a base, both made from the tree trunk.

 

 

MesquiteLive-Edge Sofa Table

Mesquite wood, you may know as simply smoking wood. Native to the desert southwest and Mexico, Mesquite trees range in size from 10 to 60 feet depending on the species. It’s red orange sap has been used for medicinal healing and mesquite beans have been used for coffee, boiled and roasted for meals. Mesquite wood is red to chocolate brown in color and with the right finish can resemble the elegant color of mahogany. Mesquite trees are multi-purpose, when used for furniture the wood can be a live-edge mantel, table, shelf, or counter top. With aesthetic additions such as coral inlay or pebble inlay, a mesquite piece of furniture is considered a high-end treasure.

There are so many wood species, these 3 are simply some of our western favorites! These trees memories and your own may have crossed paths during your California and Arizona travels. When looking for the right type of wood to add to your home, stay close to home with these admired designer choices.

Additional Sources: Fire Effects Information System, DesertUSA


Be Bold with Custom Barn Doors

Thursday, July 23, 2020

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A door in your home probably started off-white, then you painted it a bright color to match the décor, and now you wince a little because that bright color isn’t as appealing as you thought. Everybody is familiar with the pain of disappointing home furnishings. Enter a custom sliding barn door to save the day! A custom door as one-of-a-kind as you are, can be a showstopper in your home. Use a sliding barn door as a divider between the living and dining room or entry into a bathroom or bedroom. Either way they are sure to wow, when designed to your exact liking.

A pristine hand-crafted barn door from Woodstock is: 1) Functional – it’s easy to install and slides in & out of place taking up limited space 2) Stylish – it enhances the comfort and feeling of openness in any room 3) Friendly – budget friendly starting $1,000 less than a standard door & eco-friendly reclaimed barnwood doors are unique and help reduce deforestation. History Fact: Barns had larger doors to allow animals and trucks to enter. When a large door was swung open gusts of cold air would rush into the barn. Sliding doors were adapted to minimize the amount of cold air being let in.

Pick Your Style

The first decision is whether you want a rustic design or modern design. A sliding barn door doesn’t have to look like a barn at all! Let’s start with the traditional design – plank style. A plank style barn door has a single plank across the bottom and top of the door. It also has 5-6 vertical or 15-20 horizontal planks that are all close to identical. The mid-rail style resembles the plank style, with the addition of a horizontal plank in the center of the door.

Diving into X-Style barn doors, with a plank base, this style has a large X that covers the underlining planks. History Fact: This is also considered a traditional barn style, the X-design of boards were meant to make the door stronger. A Double X-Style barn door has a mid-rail base with a small x placed at the top & bottom of the center plank. Z-Style doors have one plank placed diagonally across to form a Z with the top & bottom planks.

U-Channel is a metal trim covering the sides of the doors. U-Channel adds a contemporary, designer look to your sliding barn door. A thinner U-Channel has a sleek look, while a thicker U-Channel gives a defined, boxier edge. Custom style varieties are endless such as adding a chalk board, a window, double rails or using a live-edge wood slab as your door.

Pick Your Wood & Handle

For a classic look, reclaimed Redwood or Barnwood are the perfect woods to achieve that design. We have 6 reclaimed wood colors to choose from including Boardwash White and Copious Brown. History Fact: Most western states had whitewash or brown barns. You can also choose new wood such as timeless oak, alder or modern maple. The texture can be smooth and unaltered, wire-brushed or resawed with cut marks.

Handles, typically made of stainless steel, range in size from 8” to 18”. Sliding door handles are a flush pull, you use your fingers to slide the door rather than grabbing onto a knob. A flush pull handle is flush with the back of the door allowing the door to get closer to the wall. Our barn door kits come with all the hardware to install the door including the handle.

Pick Woodstock

Woodstock Architectural Products is home to the finest quality woods, hand-selected to perfect any of your interior design needs! It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Pick your barn door style, wood & handle and we will turn your vision into a reality. We offer a free design consultation if you need assistance picking the right door for your remodel or new home! With information at your fingertips and a vision in mind, you are ready to start your custom barn door creation with us.

Additional source: Kate Kelly, “The American Barn: A Disappearing American Icon”


Re-design with Live-Edge Wood

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Out with the old and in with the new – is normally the Spring-cleaning motto, now going into the Summer our motto at Woodstock is “freshen up the old and make it new!” Often overlooked, small wood products are probably all around your home. Often walked all over is solid wood flooring. However, people don’t often explore the true wondrous beauty wood has to offer.

Being quarantined at home, waking up surrounded by the same thing every day has us ready to freshen up our spaces. Bring life to any room with live-edge wood! Live-edge wood is named for the distinctive look that surfaces when a tree is cut to reveal its darker inner grain and it is outer, lighter sap all in one unique slab. Not only does each piece provide a natural, calming effect – each piece also promotes organic, green living.

Is all live-edge wood the same?

The faux answer is no, but the real answer is that each piece of wood is unique just like a fingerprint. Live-edge wood can come in many different species and sizes. While the natural grain of the wood shines through, the color of each slab changes after it is kiln dried. No matter what you choose, none will disappoint!

Wood Species

Live-edge wood in the home

Wood furnishings can be found in almost every home or building, and you are asking yourself what’s new about that? From hardwood floors to solid wood doors, you’re likely already surrounded by natural beauty. We want to help you get excited about wood again!

Live-edge wood slabs are a designer choice for dining and living room tables, office desks and mantels. Specifically, parota live-edge wood is ideal for dining with a conversion varnish finish to protect the table from spills and wear over time. Our expert advice is to find a large slab (that we have in stock!) that can be used to create multiple custom pieces such as a dining table, coffee and end tables or a countertop with a resin inlay adding contrast to the overall kitchen décor. For a desk, a 2-3” thick slab is preferable to ensure endurance over time and the ability to hold equipment.

Live Edge Wood with Resin

Walnut live-edge wood is warm & inviting in any living room with its dark tones and beautiful patterns. Incorporating matching cookie cutter tables nicely compliments other modern decor. The round, smaller live-edge is a conversation starter because each cut shows the unique intricacies of the wood. Pairing a living room set with a live-edge mantel or floating shelf creates a complete design that adds both comfort and style.

Maple live-edge wood is a favorite for cutting boards. Maple is a hardwood that is extremely durable making it perfect for a long-lasting kitchen accessory. Due to its light-colored grain, stain applied to maple transforms it into many different shades from ebony to cherry.

Cookie Cutter Live Edge Table

 

Is live-edge wood expensive?

Live-edge wood is highly desirable for home and commercial décor. With people wanting the inside of the home flowing cohesively with the outdoor scenery, adding more unique wood features that tell a story is on an uptick. Not to mention, numerous craftsmen are needed to literally flip a slab and expert craftsmanship is needed to turn a slab and into an eye-catching piece. The cost for a gorgeous piece of live-edge furniture or décor in the home is truly worth it.

When shopping for live-edge wood keep in mind that pricing varies based on the species and availability. A large slab that is over 90” (7.5’) long typically sells around $1,500 as a raw, unfinished slab. A retail ready live-edge wood table with legs comfortably fits 6 people and on average costs $3,000. A custom dining table with details such as custom resin inlays typically is no more than $5,000. 

Smaller center “cookie” cut tables with metal legs start as low as $350 up to $1,200 for a set of 3. Large center “cookie” cut tables as wide as 4’ and 3” thick or live-edge root-based tables can range from $1,500 to $2,500. We highly recommend getting a set for a unified design. Live-edge wood accessories such as a cutting board or small floating shelf, start as low as $300.

At Woodstock, we custom make live-edge products to order. We work side-by-side with you to produce the vision you have for your space. Why wait any longer to re-design your living room or kitchen with refreshing live-edge wood?


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