Mark Lipschitz didn’t start out loving slabs. What he first saw were only discarded, irregular
pieces of wood.
These large natural wood slabs are
now in demand, after being unwanted
not so long ago. They are being used in a
variety of applications, including a wood
slab kitchen sink.
Lipschitz has worked in the hardwood
business since 1995, primarily in exports.
He worked for the largest grade mill
in Maryland, and helped them build an
He kept seeing “abandoned” logs at
the edge of sawmill logging yards, and
could not understand why these large
pieces were being discarded.
“Turns out that in the commercial
logging business, not every log is suitable
for milling. It might have metal, cracks,
splits, or simply not be good enough
quality,” Lipschitz said. “These get made
Enter Wood ‘N Slabs, which is special-
izing in changing what used to be ugly
ducklings into beautiful pieces.
Lipschitz, the company’s chief inspira-
tion officer, said there is no shortage of
“The American eastern forests are
robust, increasing in volume and are in
excellent condition,” he said. “As logs
by Karl D. Forth
Who: Wood’N Slabs
sold on slabs
Former ugly duckling
pieces now sought after by
Where: Allensville, Pennsylvania
What: Hardwood slabs
Spalted maple slab with bowties. Company
At a glance
uses a number of wood species.