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Frequently Asked Questions

1) What does "Live Edge" mean?  - "Live Edge" or "Natural Edge" is a style of furniture where the craftsperson incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece.

Claro Walnut Slab

2) Do all the woods you use come from St. Petersburg? - 80% of the wood I use comes from Pinellas and surrounding counties. 10% - 15% comes from other areas inside of Florida and the remaining 5% or so is exotic hardwoods that I use as contrast pieces.

Truck Load Of Avocado Logs
Slabbing Cedar Logs

3) Do you use "Polyurethane" finishes on your pieces? - No. I have a fundamental issue with encapsulating wood in "plastic". My feeling is the wood should be able to be touched or felt, as nature intended. Additionally, polyurethane finishes will yellow over time, changing the look of the wood. I only use oil finishes on my projects, which absorb into the wood rather than sit on top of the wood. The added benefit of using oil is, if you should ever have to refinish your items, it would be simply a matter of sanding it and re-applying the oil finish.

Walnut and Sapele Cutting Board

4) Is the finish on your tables, cutting boards, serving trays, cheese slicers and charcuterie boards "food safe"? - Yes! I use a finish on these items that is nothing more than mineral oil and beeswax.

Our Home Made Timber Grease

5) How much wood could a Woodchuck chuck, if a Woodchuck could chuck wood? - New York state wildlife expert Richard Thomas found that a woodchuck could (and does) chuck around 35 cubic feet of dirt in the course of digging a burrow. Thomas reasoned that if a woodchuck could chuck wood, he would chuck an amount equivalent to the weight of the dirt, or 700 pounds.


6) How do I care for my cutting boards, charcuterie boards, cheese slicers and serving trays? - First, and foremost, do NOT put them in a dish washer. The heat and water pressure exerted by a dishwasher can cause significant damage to these items. You should only wash these with sponge or soft cloth using warm water and dish soap in the sink. Then leave them to dry naturally in a strainer or towel dry. The wood can develop small cuts on the surface that can trap bacteria. to clean and disinfect your boards safely, spray with white vinegar, wait 5 minutes, then wipe. Next, pour 3% hydrogen peroxide over the entire board and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Additionally you can sprinkle salt over the surface and rub it in with half a lemon (this will absorb any remianing odors) let it soak for at least 10 minutes and wipe with a damp cloth. Following these directions will ensure you item will last for many years.

Washing a cutting board

7) What does "Heirloom Quality' mean? - To us, heirloom quality means that every piece Bear Creek Custom Timber builds, at its very core, is designed to be passed down from generation to generation. We make items that are meant to be lived on, loved and shared.


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