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.


What are you doing with YOUR summer?

Last year I had time to work on OTHER people’s houses, like the “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” house in Geneva, NY. What gives this year?!

Right about now,every one of my friends is looking around and wondering what happened to summer. Not just because we’ve had such low temperatures ( only broke 80 degrees twice in July here in NY ) or because it has been so wet & miserable. And not just because time seems to fly by no matter what. It was because we’ve all got ourselves so overbooked with things to do, people to see, places to go. I was trying to find a free weekend to explore some long-abandoned railroad lines with a friend when it dawned on us that the next time the 3 of us had time was going to be OCTOBER. And even that month is already filling up for me! In between now and then, I have 3 weekends of camping, a family vacation, gatherings with friends, birthdays…the list goes on and on.

Why do we do this to ourselves? We get so excited about being involved in things, and then we complain about how busy we are! It frankly amuses me, yet I am as guilty as the next guy. I always used to be a “roll with it” kind of person, but sometimes it is great to not have ANYTHING planned. Like this weekend – I have no idea what we’re doing! It is kind of nice – perhaps we’ll do some cleaning, yard work, etc. Perhaps I’ll figure out why that goofy tomato plant I mentioned in an earlier entry has stopped growing. Perhaps I’ll get the dining room ready for painting.

Or perhaps I’ll relax. Yeah, thats an idea. Just sit back, relax on the porch in the rocking chair, and watch the kids play in the yard. Funny, we’re not supposed to do that, are we? Waste perfectly good time doing nothing? Maybe a quick project to spruce things up around the house is all I’ll need to feel useful!

One of the reasons we developed our reclaimed engineered wood flooring is for just such a project. While installing a floor may seem daunting, our engineered flooring makes it amazingly easy with just a few tools and some advice from us here at Pioneer Millworks. It is available in short turnarounds, it is end-matched for easy & quick fitting, can be pre-finished if you’d like, and it has the same beauty and character of the rest of our woods. Only need a couple hundred feet? Great! With our materials and expertise, you can have the floor installed in a day. If its pre-finished, all the better – move out the furniture in the morning, and in the evening, you’ll be sitting on the couch watching SNL, reveling in the fact that you have a new floor – not just any floor, the most eco-friendly engineered floor available.

Not that I’ll be putting a floor in my house this weekend, but we will be installing some pre-finished American Gothic Oak in a coming entry. Stay tuned to the blog here, and I’ll take you through the process step by step. Until then, drop me a line anytime and feel free to contact us with questions about your project. I’ll be on the porch watching the rest of my summer go by.

Thanks for reading – stay in touch.


Cool Wood

It is no secret that Pioneer Millworks supplies flooring for many retailers, In fact, we have providing flooring, shelving, timbers, barn siding, and all sorts of other woodwork for many of the biggest names in specialty & high-end retail.

See, we’re accustomed to the slick, clean nature of most mall stores – plenty of tile, glossy finishes, big bold colors, and a very fake and almost plastic-like look. Retail stores are usually repeated so that each location looks the same as well – if you go into the mall here in Rochester, NY, the average womens’ clothing store will look just like one anywhere else in the country. But if you’ve never been into a store like Anthropologie, for example, it is quite different than any other retail experience. Wood, plaster, tile, stone, and other varied materials are used in abundance, creating an effective, yet subtle, backdrop to the clothing and merchandise.

We always have plenty of cool wood around, which is more limited in nature than our standard product line. This works perfectly for retailers who like to shake things up a bit and differentiate each store. Throw in some wood for a textural variation here, or maybe an area of wood flooring there, and you can bring some “green” into your store, and bump the appeal of shopping there. Tout to your customers that you’re using a recycled product, and it adds another whole level of coolness, and awareness.

For example, right now we have some awesome Oak decking from a furniture factory in Indiana:

This isn’t something you see on our website, and while we could cut it up for flooring, this would be an awesome material for tables, retail fixtures, or even a historical restoration.

So next time you need something unique & interesting – call us at 800-951-9663, e-mail us or drop by the shop. There’s ALWAYS something cool to see.