Wanted to put up some photos of the newest material from Pioneer MillworksBlack & Tan Oak. Named after the famed combination of beers, ( Saranac makes a great one if you’ve never sampled it! ) this material has a consistent black paint, which when removed in part, reveals a rich & mellow Oak underneath. This can me made as solid flooring, wall paneling, millwork, shelving – you name it, we can make it. And, we can plane it ( or not ) to your specifications. The paint is completely non-toxic; we’d have it no other way.

The Black materials are un-surfaced, and the Tan is skip-planed. Working with these contracting colors creates visual texture, stunning color patterns, and a completely unique look:

Using the skip-planed “Tan” for the planks and the “Black” for the fins……

A different dimensioned approach, using the “Black” for the planks and the “Tan” for the fins…..

Herringbone flooring in the “Tan”….

Plank flooring in “Tan”….

If the darker wood appeals to you, we can certainly make an entire project in the “Black”. This would be perfect for a high-traffic environment. The possibilities are endless with this wood, but the supply is not – Drop Jered a line for samples and to discuss your project today!

Is it a table? Or art?

Well that depends on your viewpoint. Mies van der Rohe said, “God is in the details”. If that is the case, then He’s here in the office, because the tables we make are highly detailed, yet completely functional in any type of space. Take our new conference table, seen here:

Cracks? Yup.

Color variation? For sure.

A live edge? Uh huh.

Signs of previous use such as nail holes, worm marks, stains, and the occasional saw mark? Youbetcha.

If you can have art and function meet like this, then why wouldn’t you want to put it in your ( insert proper project here ) retail space, dining room, restaurant, kitchen counter tops, bar, ticket counter…..?

We build these using the coolest reclaimed wood pieces that come in, called sleepers. We carefully remove the metal and slice them into planks to slowly dry out, and then craft them into any dimension of top you can imagine. In many cases, the edge is left “live” – you see the actual outer layers of the tree, as it was seen by the person that felled & de-barked the log 150 years ago.

Give us a call – lets talk about what kind of details we can bring into your project. It just might be a truly religious experience.

Thanks for checking in – stay in touch.

The new guy

Normally when you call with a question about our flooring, timbers, millwork, etc, you’ll get me on the phone. I can’t do it alone though, so we welcome Jake Harrison to our ranks in the sales team here at Pioneer Millworks. Jake is our third hire from across the pond, and is jumping in head first to the sea of reclaimed woods we have available. Give either of us a call, we’d love to chat!


The family and I, in Old Forge

Yes. Breathe. I need to remember to do this from time to time. It not only fills the lungs with precious and needed oxygen, but when done consciously, it gives you a moment to look around you. I took some time to breathe last week, smell the mountain air of the Adirondacks, enjoy the company of family and friends, and free my mind from the dizzying array of materials we work with every day.

Returning from vacation, this week sometimes feels lost. You know the way it goes – you need a day after a week-long vacation to put the house back together, to get things ready for the “return to reality”, to get the kids back on track. Then, you get back to the office, and try to jump right back in where you left off. Then you realize, it isn’t going to happen that way.

This is one of those moments when you need to breathe. The deeper the better. Relax, take stock of what is there to be done, get a mental or written priority list going, and ease back into it as best you can. Or, if you’re like me, the ringing telephone will set the pace for you and you have no choice in the matter. Routine is necessary so you can eventually break it. But now, I’m back, finding the groove, though not quite dancing yet. The break is over, breathing is done.

Stay tuned. A way cool new old floor is coming very soon from Pioneer Millworks, one you can bet the farm will be awesome. Just ask Mister Ed.

Thanks for reading – stay in touch.