eastern white pine wide plank

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lately, it seems like the change of each season has been running a few weeks behind, then is in a mad dash to catch up.

 

autumn has arrived though, with the leaves changing and each day becoming noticeably shorter.  it always makes me think ahead, to snowy mountains, slow-cooked soups, fireplaces, and eastern white pine.

 

eastern white pine wide plank makes a beautiful floor, however they are really few and far between in this part of new york.  but, head upstate, or to new england, and you are a lot more likely to see these classic floors.  eastern white pine almost seems like the original wide plank, and has that classic, “winter ski lodge” look to it, and that is how most people think of it.  but with the right finish, eastern white pine wide plank can adapt to just about any environment.  it’s beautiful, timeless, and loaded with character both subtle and prominent.

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but, hey, let’s be honest, not many floors are better suited to have a bear skin rug spread atop it, while a crackling fire and a glass of red wine help thaw you out after a long day on the mountain.  that’s eastern white pine folks, and it’s awesome.

 

keith kraus
woodwrights wide plank flooring
200 lexington ave
suite 714
new york, ny 10016
212.390.8944
www.woodwrightswideplank.com
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burmese teak

Teak1teak is capable of making some of the most beautiful, enduring floors of any species.  our prevailing rule of thumb of less is more when working with teak is evident here, as the subtle variation of its tight grain provides depth underfoot.  the lighter maple inlay adds contrast.

 

burmese teak is strong, stable and has a low shrinkage ratio which is why it is so popular for use as decking for boats or making outdoor furniture.  some choose to let it weather to a soft grey shade, but when finished with a natural oil, the vibrancy of teak is on full display.  here it sets the tone for the entire space, bringing light, texture, structure and density into it all at the same time.  this was one of our favorite projects.
 

 

 
keith kraus
woodwrights wide plank flooring
200 lexington ave
suite 714
new york, ny 10016
212.390.8944
www.woodwrightswideplank.com
email me

 

 

 

 

 

 

good mill hunting

one of the most difficult aspects of our industry is sourcing.  trees are everywhere, and there are still plenty of people trying to sell us theirs.  however, the proper care of a tree from harvest to rough stock is constantly overlooked, as businesses cut corners to squeeze every penny out of a sale.

 

we have what we believe to be the best suppliers available for the stock we mill, but it wasn’t always this way.  it has taken years (and a bit of disappointment along the way to see what some companies considered their ‘premium’ stock) to build the stable of quality sources we rely on today, and we still get calls every day from companies we know not to deal with.

 

we consider most of the sources we use to be ’boutique’ mills, specializing in one specific species of wood.  whether it’s walnut from wisconsin, barn wood from birmingham, or oak from ohio, these mills demonstrate the care needed to produce superior stock.  when one considers that most hardwoods can take six months or longer to air dry before it ever even gets to the kiln, having a mill with the patience to see things through ensures the finished wide plank floors we mill will be beautiful, durable, and stable.

 

Jim Gleason

president, woodwrights wide plank flooring
132 kroemer avenue
riverhead, ny 11901
631.727.9691
www.WoodwrightsWidePlank.com
email me

 


video blog

this week, we’re giving you a look at what goes on in our shop.  we are not wood floor wholesalers, liqiudators, or resellers.  we mill custom, long length, wide plank flooring, and I wanted to show you a quick peek at what goes into our floors.  take a look here, and let us know what you think.

 

Keith Kraus

woodwrights wide plank flooring
132 kroemer avenue
riverhead, ny 11901
631.727.9691
www.woodwrightswideplank.com

 


pinterest page

we’ve been having a lot of fun lately with pinterest.  it’s a terrific way to look at what is going on in the world of photography and the world in general — specifically when it comes to architecture and wide plank floors (what can i say, i’m biased).  i actually have to set a timer so i don’t waste my day looking at pictures and not getting work done.  it’s addictive.

 

if you haven’t been on pinterest yet, i recommend taking a look.  i’ll also give this warning: it’s easy to get started, but much harder to stop.

 

if you do use it, take a look at our page, say hello and tell us what you think pinterest.com/woodwrights

 

take a look at this wide plank masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

take a moment and let us know which photos have gotten your attention.

 

 Keith Kraus

woodwrights wide plank flooring
132 kroemer avenue
riverhead, ny 11901
631.727.9691
www.woodwrightswideplank.com

 


the science of wood

although the mature trees deep in the forest that were procured for your wide plank flooring may not be in the forefront of your mind, i think it’s important to understand the the source in order to better understand the finished product.  wood in it’s natural state, is a vibrant living species that is constantly cycling through changes – and that doesn’t stop once it is harvested and arrives at the mill.  I’m going to try and briefly describe some of those characteristics while also attempting not to sound like my 8th grade earth science teacher.

 

throughout a tree’s life it is constantly building a vast and random cellular highway that allows water and nutrients to get to where they need to go, which are located in the outermost layers of the trunk, known as sapwood.

 

lighter sapwood and darker heartwood

the lighter colored sapwood contrasts with the darker inner portion of the tree, known as heartwood.  as the tree grows, the inner layers of sapwood are gradually absorbed into the heartwood, while fresh sapwood grows on the outside.  the rings formed with each season of new growth, along with the pores that run throughout, create the grain pattern that is unique in every tree.  knots, usually created by a budding branch, also add to it’s character.

 

while a particular species, such as oak or hickory, may have characteristics which are universally identifiable, each individual tree has its own “fingerprint.”  to me, this is one of the most endearing qualities of a wood floor.  it’s yours, and no one else has the same one.  that can be hard to find in our age of mass produced goods.

 

the moisture content of the wood used for your floor is the key factor in its strength, durability, and longevity.  wood is a hygroscopic, meaning its moisture content fluctuates depending on the relative humidity of the surrounding environment.  for this reason, its important to allow a new hardwood floor time to acclimate before installing in order to get accustomed to the environment it will occupy.  while solid core wood will always be subject to some movement, this will help avoid major issues such as crowning or cupping.  a proper vapor barrier beneath the floor is also recommended, especially when installing over concrete, to prevent the floor from absorbing moisture from below.  proper management of the relative humidity in the space your wide plank flooring is installed is paramount to its maintenance.

 

i think it’s best to stop it here and come back to this topic every now and then, because i know how important it is in regards to every new hardwood floor, including our wide plank floors.  we appreciate your questions and feedback, so feel free to leave something in the comments section of the blog, or even email or give us a call.

 

Jim Gleason

president, woodwrights wide plank flooring
132 kroemer avenue
riverhead, ny 11901
631.727.9691
www.WoodwrightsWidePlank.com
email me

 


old growth walnut

we get a lot of positive feedback from people about the photos of our work on the website.  our reclaimed oak and pre-oiled floors are a definite crowd pleaser when it comes to wide plank flooring.  but no floor has made more of an impression on people visiting our site than photos of an old growth walnut floor we provided for a home in bridgehampton, ny this summer.

 

old growth walnut wide plank from woodwrights

there is something about walnut that truly makes an impression—perhaps it’s the wood’s grain, which is warm, textured, and luxurious—I’m not quite sure. walnut has unique characteristics that create a incredible depth while still being comforting.  i think that’s what evokes such a positive reaction in people.  your house is your home and should be soothing and welcoming.  however, your home is also the place people tend to be most expressive, and old growth walnut has that distinctive look which demonstrates a homeowner’s appreciation for something beautiful.

 

when wide planks six inches and wider are used, then you have a floor that captures people’s attention, as the wavy, meandering pattern that makes walnut unique is truly on display.  once you have it in your home, it’s hard to imagine having anything else under your feet.

 

Jim Gleason

president, woodwrights wide plank flooring
132 kroemer avenue
riverhead, ny 11901
631.727.9691
www.WoodwrightsWidePlank.com
email me

 


woodwrights donates ipads

when a local elementary school reached out to the community, woodwrights wide plank flooring responded.  this week, we purchased 10 apple ipads and had them delivered to the school to use in their classrooms.  hard to believe, but ipads are gradually replacing textbooks, chalkboards, art canvases, calculators, spiral notebooks, loose leaf, pens, pencils, crayons, laptops, desktop computers, and just about every other teaching tool you were surrounded by growing up.  seems like it wont be long before backpacks will be extinct too, replaced by the slick ipad carrying cases we once associated with entrepreneurs and corporate execs.

 

the amazing thing to me is that the school asked for ipads specifically, which says a lot about how easy they are to use, and the versatility of their use.  they’re being used from kindergarten to 8th grade, and i’m still blown away when i see a 9 month old swiping through youtube on an iphone to find the video he wants to watch.  we just updated all of our workstations in the office with shiny new imacs to keep up with all the ipads and iphones that somehow have become so vital to our work.

 

it makes me think back to my first shop, that tiny little space.  i remember thinking at the time that the fax machine i bought was like a high-tech spaceship.  i don’t think i ever learned how to use that thing properly.

 

Jim Gleason
president, woodwrights wide plank flooring
132 kroemer avenue
riverhead, ny 11901
631.727.9691
www.WoodwrightsWidePlank.com
email me

 


kallista and woodwrights

in the vast, sometimes confusing world of plumbing fixtures, the name kallista stands out, representing quality, durability and excellence in design.  which is why we at woodwrights wide plank were excited when approached by blackman plumbing supply to provide wide plank wood flooring in their new southampton showroom.  for our wood floors to share the room with kallista, known for commissioning the best designers to create custom lines of sinks, tubs, and fixtures, would only make it better.

 

the floors were a handsome mix of wood and tile and the designers chose several of our flooring styles to create a dramatic, upscale look and feel to the showroom.

woodwrights wide plank

in one area, we laid long, eight inch wide country grade white oak, with rich, varied grain lines and finished it with our natural hardening oil to protect it while also keeping its natural look. this unique 100% organic oil is strong and easy to maintain.

 

we laid a custom width and length herringbone pattern in the kallista showroom, prefinishing it in our shop.  the results were stunning.  vibrant, contrasting shades of white oak lend a deep, textured feel that draws your eye downward.

 

as blackman celebrated their grand opening last week, guests were repeatedly overheard asking who did the floors and how they can get them. that’s a good feeling.

 

if you find yourself on the south fork of long island, stop into blackman’s showroom in southampton and tell them jim from woodwrights wide plank sent you.

 

Jim Gleason
president, woodwrights wide plank flooring
132 kroemer avenue
riverhead, ny 11901
631.727.9691
www.WoodwrightsWidePlank.com
email me

 


 

prefinished flooring has arrived.

designers and architects in new york area face numerous challenges when creating living spaces in this crowded metropolitan area. one of the biggest challenges facing them is VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. noxious fumes released from traditional finishing products such as polyurethane can make an area uninhabitable for up to one to three days (depending on temperature, humidity and ventilation). Worse still, these fumes can be an inconvenience to neighbors, especially if the space is a condominium or loft.

 

a great solution to this problem is a prefinished or preoiled floor from woodwrights wide plank flooring. we’ve recently invested quite a bit, expanding our workshop to add this important finishing process to our capabilities. woodwrights prefinished floors are made from 100% organic vegetable based oils that emit no offensive odor and are delivered ready to install. that means no finishing or drying time is needed. and unlike other manufacturers, we offer prefinished boards that are up to 10″ wide and 14′ long, which gives you incredible design flexibility.

 

take some time and visit the prefinished flooring section of our website and learn more by calling us at 631-727-9691. we look forward to sharing this exciting new development with you.

 
Jim Gleason
president, woodwrights wide plank flooring
132 kroemer avenue
riverhead, ny 11901
631.727.9691
www.WoodwrightsWidePlank.com
email me