Got Questions? Don't worry, we've got (some) answers!!!
Here's a list of our most frequently asked questions.
Do you buy logs?
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: It's complicated.
Do you buy timberland?
Yes, we do. Please call us, we'd be happy to scout your land and advise you of your best route to take.
Do you cut trees for individuals?
Sorry, we do not.
What is the difference between Eastern and Western Cedar?
One is red and white, one is a brownish red. Both are great for exterior applications. Eastern Cedar is grown in the southern/ eastern United States, and Western Cedar in the western United States and Canada.
Does Cypress rot?
Yes, but it takes a while.
Where do you harvest your wood?
We are located on the corners of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas, therefore, we harvest and mill wood from all four of those states. We import domestic hardwoods such as Hard Maple and Cherry from the Northern United States and Doug Fir/Western Cedar from the Western United States and Canada. Our exotic lumber comes from all over the world, we don't discriminate.
Is your live edge wood kiln dried?
Yes. We air dry and kiln dry all our live edge wood, including live edge slabs, live edge mantels, and live edge shelves. This is very important, if you're not buying your live edge products from us, make sure they are kiln dried to minimize warping and cracking.
Can you plane the lumber I glue?
No. We do not allow lumber into our facility for a variety of reasons. Even if the wood was purchased here, once it leaves our yard, we don't allow it to return to our facility.
How much do wood beams cost? Are wood beams expensive?
The cost of a wood beam is like cost of any other product: a Cadillac costs more than a Chevy, a big truck costs more than a small truck . It's the same with wood, some species cost more, and some cost less. For Example; hardwoods such as White Oak which are in demand by architects and designers tend to cost more than Red Oak. Softwoods such as Southern Yellow Pine, due to demand, cost less than Douglas Fir or Western Cedar, which are both imported from Canada and the north eastern United States.
Why are live edge slabs so expensive?
Live edge wood slabs can be expensive, that's for sure. There's a lot of work that goes into getting a live edge slab ready to sell, many steps must be taken to ensure quality. Here's a list of a few:
- The machinery used to cut large chunks of wood is very expensive
- The labor required to move these extremely heavy slabs around is expensive. We pay people good for their labor.
- Real Estate: We let all our live edge slabs air dry for a number of years before we kiln dry them. This take up many square feet of space, in our case, acres of land.
- Kiln Drying: In order to get these thick chunks of wood dried correctly, we sometimes have to put them in our kiln two or three times, that add up quick.
- Surfacing: Another expensive machine is used to surface live edge slabs.
When you add it all up, a correctly dried and finished live edge slab that lasts forever is actually quite affordable when you look at all that's involved in the process.
Solid Wood Beams
Take a look at our solid wood beams, cut right here at our historic sawmill in De Kalb, Texas.
Kiln Dried Lumber
We're like master bakers when comes to kiln drying wood, click here to learn more.
Live Edge Wood Slabs
If you're looking for aged and kiln dried live edge wood slabs, you found them!! We stock them in our store in Hooks, Texas.
The Historic Phillips Forest Products
We're as proud of our history as we are of our wood products, click here to dive into our story!
High Quality Wood Finish
We sale and ship only the highest quality wood finishes.