First Slab

29 October 2014

We slabbed the California walnut log yesterday and today we are preparing the wood to go into a drying shed built specifically for this tree.

Erickson Woodworking partner Robert Beauchamp stands next to the first slab of California walnut

We slabbed the California walnut log yesterday and today we are preparing the wood to go into a drying shed built specifically for this tree. The slabs will be so heavy that we had to build a special foundation to support their weight. This photograph gives some sense of the scale. Robert Beauchamp, our partner in this operation, stands on the left.

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A Conversation With Dave Stine

25 October 2014

It’s hard not to like a guy whose eyes well up when he talks about pushing his spirit into his tools

Robert Erickson drives down the road to woodworker & craftsman Dave Stine's home.

It’s hard not to like a guy whose eyes well up when he talks about pushing his spirit into his tools, but who also gives a very man cave thumbs up when discussing his beer fridge. David Stine is a man well expressed through his furniture. They’re both held together by the tension of opposites: burly and lithe, lush and minimalist, rural and sophisticated. His whole slabs with live edges leave you in awe of the tree that was. I’m on assignment from my son (and new business partner) Tor, to sit down and talk with Dave about woodworking. At […]

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Cordwood

7 October 2014

2014-09-18 Cordwood from Erickson Woodworking on Vimeo.

2014-09-18 Cordwood from Erickson Woodworking on Vimeo.

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And the winner is…

16 September 2014

Thank you to everyone who helped to spread the word about Erickson Woodworking over the past week.

Robert & Tor Erickson discuss woodworking & custom chair designs in their woodshop.

Thank you to everyone who helped to spread the word about Erickson Woodworking over the past week. It has been inspiring and humbling to see the breadth and depth of support from our friends, family, and patrons. Almost 3,000 people signed up in just seven days to make the event a tremendous success. For us this promotion has been a way to connect with our community—a community that was integral to the success and story of Robert Erickson Woodworking, and a community that we are now asking to stand behind the next, multi-generational chapter, Erickson Woodworking. As the different stories […]

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A Recent Walnut Acquisition

13 September 2014

The upturning of two driveways of two neighbors along the American River in Sacramento, CA caused them to move forward with the sad removal of their beloved shade tree, a large native walnut.

The upturning of two driveways of two neighbors along the American River in Sacramento, CA caused them to move forward with the sad removal of their beloved shade tree, a large native walnut. Nineteen years previous we had removed another large walnut from their back yard and had milled it with a chainsaw mill, lugging the heavy, wide, long planks out one at a time. The most recent logs were larger and required delicate work by an experienced arborist and crane operator in order to safely take down the tree and load them onto our truck and trailer. We milled […]

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Sustainability: Thoughts for Erickson Woodworking

30 August 2014

We live in a heavily forested area of the Sierra Nevada. Out our front door of our shop and home we see 5 species of trees that feed us (lumber for furniture), warm us with their firewood, shade our house and provide habitat for 28 species of wild mammals.

We live in a heavily forested area of the Sierra Nevada. Out our front door of our shop and home we see 5 species of trees that feed us (lumber for furniture), warm us with their firewood, shade our house and provide habitat for 28 species of wild mammals. The 117 acres that we share with 4 neighbors grows approximately 300 cords of wood each year. Of course most of this is on trees that are lumber trees and ecologically important trees that one would never cut. We use 10 cords of firewood per year for heating our house and […]

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