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We have now completed the first stage of our new administration building, the timber frame. Big boys playing with big blocks and big machines, how could anything be wrong with that? Many thanks to the wonderful group of Amish women who showed up with food and to Jonas and Tom for the perfectly cooked pig.

The following day while we were standing out in the frame generating ideas, I decided on the spur of the moment to take some of our design team up to the Wharton Esherick Museum which is located in the Philadelphia area just outside of Paoli, PA. If you are not familiar with Wharton Esherick take some time to acquaint yourself with him, he was one of the most innovative people of the 20th century. We had a truly inspirational day surrounded by the life work of one the freest thinking artists. At the end of our tour Rob Leonard, the Executive Director of the museum, graciously shared many aspects of the artist’s life with us, fertilizing our imaginations to start designing the second stage of our project. Already some formally straight lines are now curves. Who knows how this will all end up, but the journey so far is way cool!

~Rick Hearne

Recent News:

September flew by for all of us here at Hearne Hardwoods- we have been busy, busy. Rick spent a week in Ireland at a Lumberman's Convention. While there he also attended a woodworking show in Dublin.

A few days later he spent a week in Hawaii, meeting with potential clients and looking into some new extraordinary Koa logs.

Click on our Hawaii photo gallery and learn how to identify Koa trees, see gigantic Koa and Monkey Pod logs, and get a Birdseye view of the Big Island/ Hawaii.

giant monkeypod tree

Internet Store: Wood Turning

It's October already, which means the holidays will be upon us before we know it. Nothing is more special than a hand made gift. Check out our Wood Turning section in our Internet Store and prepare to be inspired! Many new products have been added during the past two months: Amboyna, Blackwood, Ebony, Pink Ivory, Redwood, Rosewood, and many more! Perfect pieces for bowls, clocks, candleholders, salt & pepper mills, knife handles, gunstocks, sculptures, knobs, golf tees... We also have a limited number of pen blanks available, which are not listed on the Internet Store, if you are interested or would like more information, please call 1-888-814-0007 and ask to speak to Tom or Morgan.

As always we continue to strive to make your online shopping experience as easy as possible. Please email us with any suggestions that you may have to improve the Internet Store and/or with any items that you would like to see featured for sale.  Contact us at [email protected].

piece of redwood

Newsletter Special of the Month: 4/4 Birdseye Maple- Medium Figure

For the month of October only, when you purchase 200 board feet or more of medium figure Birdseye Maple your discounted price is $8.00 a board foot. The material will range in lengths from 6 to 9 feet and widths from 4 to 7 inches. Boards will be white on one face.

Newsletter Specials are for Newsletter subscribers only. Please mention this offer when inquiring about our products or placing an order. (888) 814 - 0007 or e-mail: [email protected]

example of medium figured birdseye maple

Featured Wood: English Wych Elm

October's "wood of the month" is English Wych Elm (Ulmus hollandica). Other names include Pippy Elm, English Elm and Dutch Elm. The color of this wood is amazing and varies from tree to tree. Wych elm is most commonly a golden brown color with a luminous quality but it can range from gold, to red, to brown, and sometimes even have a green or purplish hue. The grain pattern is always different, but most of the time it is burly, wavy or looks like large swirls; and it almost always contains a "pippy" dot pattern. English Wych Elm is most commonly used in cabinetwork, furniture, decorative veneers, trim, boat building and makes gorgeous flooring.

We carry 4/4- 10/4 material, 3 to 14 feet long, and 20 to 60 inches wide. All this material has burl figure from low to heavy (the heavy looks like marble- the boards are covered in figure from top to bottom). Our English Wych Elm slabs can be viewed online by visiting our Flitch Inventory.

To see examples of grain patterns, and color variation, please visit our English Wych Elm Photo Gallery.

Call (888)-814-0007 or email us at [email protected] for more information regarding price and availability. For more information concerning Wych Elm flooring-please click here.

picture of English Wych Elm

~English Wych Elm Gallery

Announcements: Hearne Hardwoods New Website- Coming Soon!

Where are all the new flitches? If any of you have been asking that over the past few months, we apologize. We have been working hard to redo the website so very few changes have been made to our existing pages. The new site will have a new and improved banner/ navigational bar, easier to read flitch pages, lots of new pictures, a customer gallery, and much, much more.

If you have suggestions about what you would like to see on our new site or if you would like us to include pictures of projects you have created with Hearne Hardwoods lumber please email us at [email protected]woods.com. If you would like information about new flitches that have not yet made it to the website call 1-888-814-0007 or email us at [email protected].

Would you like a sneak peak? Click on the links below. (Please keep in mind these pages are still being designed, links are not yet functional, and information may not be accurate.)

~Sample: "New Species Page"

~Sample: "New Flitch Page"


sample picture of flitch


Other Annoucements: Barn Raising Part II

We are also happy to announce that our second barn raising on our new office building was a huge success. This time around we were all more experienced and the timber frame was up in no time. The beams were made from White Oak and the pegs, Gabon Ebony. We are all very excited with the progress and are hopeful to move in this winter.

picture of new timber frame

Business Hours:

Normal Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am-4pm. Walk-ins are always welcome.  Please call ahead if there are specific slabs you are interested in seeing.  We look forward to your visit.