We custom mill at your site with your own logs or at our site for your project. Our mill produces rough sawn lumber. We can sort and stack the wood and select the grade of the lumber that matches your need for easy access and usability. We also make heart center redwood beams which are unique both visually and structurally.
We selectively recover timber from both the managed forests and residential properties in Santa Cruz County. We can accomplish this by bringing our equipment to the site and collecting the logs or by setting up our portable sawmills and milling the wood on location. We are also hired to remove trees that can be fell, to salvage the timber.
Our goal is to craft the highest quality Tanoak available. The process encompasses many different stages of production—each offering opportunities to maximize quality. Out of the Woods recovers, saws, mills and seasons all of its Tanoak wood. This allows for complete control over the entire process to assure the finest quality available.
Our small size allows us to focus on fine craftsmanship through knowledge, experience and old fashioned hard work. Owner Dave Merchant saws, mills, and dries much of our wood himself. The Tanoak is quartersawn for maximum figure. Each plank is handcrafted—one at a time. No two boards are ever the same.
Out of the Woods has facilities for both air and kiln drying. We air dry our wood for months before slow kiln drying, using a Kotter Dry Kiln. It is a digitally controlled hot water kiln designed to dry hardwoods gently. The maximum temperature is 140 degrees F (temperature hot enough to kill any bugs in the wood)