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In mid 2008, longtime friends Lori Frazee and Paula Nicks joined forces to purchase a saw mill from a friend whose business interests had changed. Lori and Paula are both woodturners and saw the mill as a unique opportunity. Through mutual friends, they had access to a lot of local Florida trees. A large portion of the wood available was in crotch form, thus the name Florida Crotch Wood. In January of 2009, Florida Crotch Wood became a legal entity, Florida Crotch Wood, Inc.

In the beginning our main focus was to supply our woodturning community with turning blanks. As our cutting experience grew, our Mobile Cutting business expanded and has now become a major focus of Florida Crotchwood.

The ability to cut 60 inch wide slabs has created a niche market that the smaller band mills can’t service. Our Lucas Dedicated Slabber allows us to cut the really big trees. Our woodturning background has taught us the importance of lining up the 3 piths to maximize the beautiful grain found only in the crotch of the tree.

Lucas Saw Mill measuring

Randy checking for parallel piths

Lucas Sawmill PDG ready to cut

Parallel piths ready to cut

daves camphor crotch

Camphor feathered crotch

Monkey Pod Feather Wood

Monkey Pod crotch

Please remember we cut slabs, not boards. If you are looking for boards we can put you in contact with a sawyer who can fulfill your needs. If you’re looking for table or counter stock ~ that’s what we do.

First eucalyptus cut with Viable Lumber

First eucalyptus cut with Viable Lumber.

The slab later became a bar top for Wine Madonna in St. Petersburg, FL

The slab later became a bar top for Wine Madonna (St. Petersburg, FL).

We are very involved with urban recycling (cutting yard and streetscape trees). We cut for people and companies who hate waste and see the beauty and value in their own trees.

Custom cutting job for former Representative Debbie Boyd

Old Cedar tree from Newberry family residence

Old Cedar tree from Newberry family residence

I am glad Randy knows how to use the barn jack

Rotate 90 degrees to show crotch feather

Three piths parallel and ready to cut

Beautiful crotch feather grain exposed

Headed for the barn to air dry

Headed for the barn to air dry

6 months later, ready for kiln

6 months later, ready for kiln

Dried flat, ready to sand and finish

Dried flat, ready to sand and finish

Beautiful Feathered Crotchwood

Beautiful Feathered Crotchwood

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