As the year winds down, the Holidays are upon us. We’re fortunate to spend time with friends and family, and we find ourselves giving back to the community as we do year round. Every Christmas, Pioneer Millworks and New Energy Works, “adopts” a local family who could use some help, and that may not be able to provide for themselves during the holidays. This year, we’re giving to a family in the city of Rochester, helping with food, clothing, and gifts that they otherwise would be without. It is a wonderful feeling to know that on Christmas morning, 3 children and their mother will wake up to find that Santa has been there! Even as the construction industry has slowed, we are still blessed to have work, and it is therefore even more critical to give to those in need. We hope that you too will look around and find someone that could use some help this Holiday season.
In celebration of the Holidays, Pioneer Millworks is offering a one-time year-end special: FREE SHIPPING on all flooring orders over 500 sf! If you’ve been considering purchasing a floor from us, now is the time to get your order in! Orders must be placed by 12/30/08, free shipping is valid on standard shipments within the lower 48 United States only, No other discounts are applicable, and residential delivery charges may apply.
Iain ( builds with wood ), Rick ( draws wood ), and Michele ( buys wood ) hamming it up at the Holiday Party.
From all of us to you and yours, Happy Holidays, and have a safe & prosperous New Year!
Julie and I just returned from a very long week in Boston representing Pioneer Millworks the Greenbuild Expo. To any of you we met there at the show ( And there were A LOT of you! ) we thank you for coming by our booth and saying hello. It was a great show to say the least – we met HUNDREDS of people, got to see some cutting edge green technologies, and show of our new engineered flooring. Needless to say, our new product was a big hit – and why wouldn’t it be? We’ve taken the best FSC plywood around, and combined it with a thick wear layer of 100% reclaimed wood, to create a floor that will easily last as long as its solid counterpart.
Glue it to concrete! Install it over radiant heat! Put it in a basement! It truly is a remarkable & versatile flooring material, and we’re proud to be the first company to step up to the plate and make it the RIGHT way – OUR way, and right here in the USA.
If you “got scanned” at the show ( those cell phone scanners were so cool! ) you’ll be getting a link to our digital catalog in the coming few days, in addition to some other cool information. We’re as green of a company as they come, so we’ll keep it to e-mail rather than paper & snail mail. But, in case you missed us, or if you just can’t wait to see some beauty-shots of our flooring, you can download the catalog right now!
We’re excited about some upcoming events as well, so mark your calendar:
February 3 – 5, 2009, Jered will be roaming Surfaces – glad to meet you in Vegas to talk about our materials, just drop me a line!
May 14 – 16, 2009, we’ll have a sweet booth set up at HD Expo where you can visit with us and see our reclaimed wood, and some stellar woodworking from New Energy Woodworks.
November 10 – 12, 2009, we’re back at Greenbuild, this time in Phoenix, AZ. I don’t know about you, but 80 degrees sure beats 10 degree wind-chills in November!
Thanks for checking back – time to relax on my own couch, enjoy a winter brew, and watch the snow pile up outside. Anyone wanna come shovel in the morning?
Back in August, my hometown of Geneva, NY ( about 30 minutes from Pioneer Millworks shop )was over-run by camera crews, celebrities, contractors, and spectators as ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” came to town to surprise the Hill Family with a new home. There had been rumors abound for several weeks that the show was coming to Geneva, but there was no sign of activity until the weekend before as a demolition crew quietly rolled into town and set up camp up the street, and the front yard of a suspect house was flagged with utility markers. Sure enough, the next morning “the bus” pulled up, and the family was informed that they’d return to town a week later to find a new home where their old one stood. As an added bonus, the community boxing program the homeowner had helped start would be getting a brand new gymnasium behind the house, where a dilapidated barn stood for years.
This set was the opposite of the kitchen I worked on in Philadelphia. If you have never seen “Extreme Home Makeover”, there appears to be hundreds of people working round the clock on all facets of construction, building a house from the ground up in a week. The truth is, there ARE hundreds of people, they DO work round the clock, and they complete the house in about 4 1/2 DAYS! Since the house was less than 2 blocks from my home, we naturally took an interest in the project. Its hard not to when the streets are clogged with spectators all through daylight hours!
I volunteered on the Friday afternoon of the build to help with carpentry. Upon arrival on the site, I went to work with a crew working on the front porch of the house. Over the next 8 hours, I worked with folks from all over upstate New York, from quite diverse backgrounds, to build the porch and install the drainage system. Just about sunset, word came to us that the final piece of the roof framing had to be set right away so the crane could be moved off the site. As the crane lifted everything into place, the cameras started coming from everywhere as this was a crowning moment in the construction process. It was quite an experience working in that hectic of an environment with a crew of 20 guys I had never met before. But the sense of camaraderie and purpose kept everyone going, and kept spirits high no matter what happened. With my blue shirt dirtied up from the day’s work, I headed home about 9pm to finally get some dinner and rest. Though Pioneer Millworks doesn’t have any wood in this house, it has the energy running through it of the hundreds of volunteers that were a part of bringing the house to completion in such a short amount of time. Bus drivers, cleaners, caterers, local police, and so many more all played a part in getting things done and ready for the big reveal the following Monday. I had a blast being a part of it, and I suggest anyone that has the opportunity to work on one of these houses go for it – you won’t regret it. The episode aired last night ( Sunday 11/2/08 ), and you probably saw me – I was the guy in the blue shirt & hardhat.
The reality is that very little of the construction was shown on television – much of the time is devoted to the story of the family, and giving product placement to those companies that donated to the show in a big way. Pioneer Millworks was not a part of this episode, as many of the design decisions are made weeks and months in advance to keep on-site decisions to a minimum, and progress to the max.
One thing that was pointed out on the show was the use of color in the kids’ rooms. Too often, reclaimed wood is viewed as rustic and rugged. But the truth is, a splash of color on our wood can make a very cool accent, or a theme for a room. Orange, Red, Blue, Green – they’re all available in low VOC and eco-friendly oil & wax finishes. Our favorite wood for this is our Southern Yellow Pine but any of them can work great. Give us a call – ask for some samples – we’ll steer you in the right direction, no matter how “Extreme” you want to go.