June 2018

Natural Wood Countertop

After being pushed aside for years by showy stones like granite and marble and maintenance-free engineered materials like quartz and solid surfacing, natural-wood countertops are enjoying a real revival. Recently delivered to a new home construction, this island countertop offers all the one of a kind unique qualities of granite or marble. It has similar lines and movement with color variations of natural stones. In addition it is also a cure for the cold of common stainless steel. Visually rich and warm to the touch, these natural beauties are making a comeback

Salt Creek Creations crafted this 58” square island out of two 3” thick pecan slabs milled by Pepper Creek Creations. Sourced from the San Saba area this island top will provide a welcome textural contrast and a furniture-like finish to a new home in rural Texas.


Increasingly, homeowners and interior designers seek and appreciate natural wood countertops custom-created by quality craftsmen. They provide a warm, organic landing surface in a kitchen, one that is wonderfully forgiving, gentle on dishware, and able to absorb the noise of a busy household. Our variety of woods available is impressive, from subtly grained maple to deep, rich pecan to dramatic mesquite.

While wood countertops can add warmth, balance and beauty to any modern home, they also require a fair amount of attention. Because wood is susceptible to damage from heat and moisture, it must be sealed on a regular basis. The best part about wood, though, is that it can be refinished in the event that damage does occur.

Wood countertops are green. All of our wood is sourced from trees that needed to be removed from urban environments because of death, disease, damage from storms or insects, new construction or other hazards. Urban logging makes the best use of trees by reclaiming them and making them available for your heirloom projects. And while wood counters last for years, once worn out, they can be recycled.

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Where do we get our wood inventory?

There is a benefit to the slowness of What a buger


Where do we get our wood inventory? Anywhere and everywhere.  Waiting in line at ‘What a Burger’ I noticed that the lot across the street was being cleared. At first I did not think there was much there, mostly small brush. Then I saw the sweet gum trees. One was already fallen by the heavy machine operator and the other was next on his list.




The man clearing the lot was very friendly and said I could take any of the trunks I wanted. Since he had the equipment I needed to take advantage of the situation. I grabbed my logging trailer and chain monkey wife and headed back over there. Within 20 minutes he had loaded two trunks on the trailer. I thought about getting a third but was concerned about the weight behind my truck and being able to stop in a safe manner.

Sweet Gum is native to warm temperature areas of eastern North America. You may not recognize the tree itself. The leaves are close in shape to a sugar maple. Fall color is variable but can be quite dramatic, with a combination of yellows, reds, and purples. Best way to identify a sweet gum is by the spiny brown balls of fruit it produces that drop off the tree over an extended period. The spines help protect the seeds from being eaten. If you step on them in bare feet you will not be happy.

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Sweet Gum is considered a hardwood and can be used in all types of projects. I have no idea what I will do with this tree. Once I slab it up I can see the amount of variation in the wood grain and color. For now I will add it to my other sweet gum collection at the mill in Lometa, Texas.