Welcome to an online tour of our shop!

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Distinctively Natural Wood Inc.
9237 W. Prairie Ave. Post Falls, Idaho
(208)964-3678
Email us at: dburld@hotmail.com
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Mike Oliver has earned a fine reputation for his unique talents as a wood smith. His tables, furniture and carvings have been shipped all over the world both through galleries and direct sales. The shop is located in beautiful North Idaho. Guests are welcome to visit the shop and take a complete tour of the facilities. (Older clothing is advised, it gets a bit dusty!) If you are unable to visit Mike in person, please take advantage of our
tour available right here on the net! Enjoy yourself as you discover the world of
Distinctive Burl Design.

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This is just a small portion of our extensive stock of raw burl wood table slabs on site. We have a large supply of Myrtle, Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Redwood and more.


Selecting a slab from our stock can be as challenging and exciting as catching a trophy fish!.


After the slab is selected, a base must be found that will compliment it.


Every base is meticulously leveled.


Slabs are originaly cut with a chain saw and must be milled to an even thickness.


After the initial milling, the top is sent to the triple-drum sander, which will sand with belts at 36, 80 and another 80 grit.


From the drum sander, the top travels to an enormous table belt sander, called a shift sander. This table has two belts of 100 and 150 grit. Each belt is 360 inches long.


More sanding, now by hand, with increasingly finer grits. The orbital sanding will take the slab down to 220 grit.


Attention is paid to the table edges, sanding them so that you need not worry about splinters or snags.


Finally the piece is ready for finishing. This will take up to another ten full days, as spraying is alternated with yet more sanding and filling of pores.




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