Heritage Projects


The many different projects shown on this page all have one thing in common.

They are built from wood that has a great meaning to their recipient.

The wood comes from their own life

A tree their grandmother planted.

A barn their grandfather built.

A pew from a church they grew up in.

A grain hopper at their elevator.

The cabin their ancestors built.

This is Heritage Lumber


Transforming a meaningful piece of lumber into a new family heirloom is a process that I approach with reverence and respect.

If you have wood with a special meaning, I'd love to talk to you. Let's find a way to honor the legacy of your heritage lumber.


Heritage Woodworking can take many forms, here are some examples



Recycling is a process of breakdown and rebirth. The original form is completely discarded and something new is built from the raw materials.

This is best for projects where only a small amount of material is available. Recycled material is merged with new wood to build a project embedded with meaning.


Projects that maintain more of the structure or character of the original material fall under reclaiming. On these projects, care is taken to preserve the original surface and patina.

This is best for project with sound source material that has been imbued with the spirit of the craftsmen who came before. Tooled surfaces, writing, or other character marks are preserved and passed on to the next generation.


For projects that just need a facelift, upcycling can be the answer. An upcycled project starts with a piece you want to save and turns it into something you can continue to treasure. 

If a project isn't changing form, the first step is to establish structural integrity. From there, colors and surfaces can change to suit your preferences.