Wood You Believe…

I started another project! Actually, it is the finishing touch on the kitchen project. We are replacing the fronts of the countertops with new wood, for reasons that will become apparent. I’ll get to the project details in another post, but I want to share the coolest lumber yard in the world.

If you want red oak, poplar, maple, pine or plastic, the Big Orange Store or Lowe’s is the place to go.

But supposing for a moment you want walnut, birdseye maple, hickory, tamarack, sitka spruce (Lightest and strongest wood in the world), or some other exotic variety of wood. Where do you go? In Detroit, you go to Public Lumber!

A view from the “balcony”

That narrow little balcony with a wood railing makes me a little nervous-don’t bring the kids! It’s a long way down. Here we are at the hickory section…

mr husband dug this beauty out of the pile. Hickory is beautiful wood. Our floors are hickory

The place is enormous, full of industrial machines and really knowledgeable people

Another view from the “balcony”

This place has been in business since 1927, and think it is still family-owned. These people know wood! You can choose your lumber, and they can mill it to any moulding profile, and even make custom items. Here are a few things inside the showroom area.

Custom repairs like this old storm window. Oh, and you can have a Coke, too!

Gorgeous custom doors

amazing inlays

The paneled room is amazing, sorry the picture can’t show it. I think the paneling is maple.

I was having so much fun picking out wood, I forgot to take a picture of the exterior. They recently painted the building, but other than that, the scenery isn’t much. It is on 7 Mile Road, Just east of John R, in Detroit. There is a gravel parking lot with a 12 foot fence around the parking lot, and you walk across the street into the lumber yard doors. At the risk of perpetuating a Detroit stereotype, it isn’t the type of neighborhood you want to hang around in for long. But where else can you get Zebra wood at a reasonable price?

You can see their website at www.publiclumber.com

If you are in the area, stop by and pay them a visit, you will be impressed with the selection and their knowledge, and you’ll likely find inspiration for a new project. I did!


About claymire cottage

I'm a museum curator who lives with a wonderful husband, Rowley the golden Retriever, and 2 cats; Mr. Cookie, and Mabel the Magnificent.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: