come into our supplying sawmill, rejects
happen. Again, (this is) for the reasons
mentioned earlier, including if they are
too big to mill. We use these monster
rejects as our base stock to cut slabs.”
There are many wood species both
available and in demand.
“Walnut is very popular,” Lipschitz
said. “(It is) probably 50 percent of our
cut. It makes beautiful products. Char-
acter comes in all species. You would
have to see it to really understand.”
There is no minimum or maximum
“We try to cut logs with a minimum
30-inch diameter,” Lipschitz said. “We
also have logs up to 60 inches in diameter.
Generally, the logs are 6 feet and longer,
with a lot in the 8- to 10-foot range.”
Wood’N Slabs supplies raw slabs
directly to woodworkers, but they can
also do processing or preparation.
Lipschitz said they can surface any
size slab to any thickness (their slabs
are all cut 2. 5 inches in the rough).
Wood’N Slabs also takes commissions
to make any finished product.
Woodworkers choose slabs online,
or come in to Allensville in central
Pennsylvania to see what is on hand.
“Our warehouse is open by appoint-
ment only in Allensville,” Lipschitz
said. “We have photos of every piece
for sale. Normally the customer calls
and asks, we suggest and send photos.”
Lipschitz said there is no primary
end use. “Anything you can imagine,”
he said. “Kitchen islands, countertops,
libraries, dining tables, coffee tables,
bistro tables, bars, doors, decorative,
mantles, wall cladding.”
Applications for wooden slabs
include everything -- even the kitchen
sink (see accompanying story).
“It is all personal,” Lipschitz said.
“I just love slabs, one-piece furniture,
amazing character, unedged, natural.
No volatiles, very little glue. Every
single piece is unique. You can never
have a cookie (cutter) line of production. Every log is different. You never
really know what is inside the log until
you make slabs.
“I just hated to see these awesome
In Lipschitz’s view, these slabs are
logs sitting in a field rotting,” he said.
“So sad. Also, I have been influenced
by the late George Nakashima and
Sam Maloof, incredible American
woodworkers/craftsman. As I am in
the export business, I travel extensive-
ly. I saw unedged furniture in Japan
over 20 years ago. That fired me up!”
definitely a product whose time has
come. More woodworkers and custom-
ers agree. ✚
…and the kitchen sink
Large wood slabs can be used for more than decoration.
Mark Lipschitz said that Wood’N Slabs is planning several standard designs for
Called Wood’N Sinks, there will be six standard bowl designs in seven species:
walnut, red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, ash, and sycamore.
The first sink was made from a massive slab of walnut milled out, sanded and
oiled with three coats of tung oil. The company will also offer other finishes.
Edges are left rough to suit the customer’s desire, design and imagination. There
is no faucet mounting hole, as the customer will decide that too. Wood’N Slabs
can do all the work, or as little as needed. Slabs will be four inches thick in the
rough, 26 to 30 inches wide, and generally cut 7 to 9 feet long and cut in half.
Mark Lipschitz of Wood’N Slabs with a
future project piece.
Sinks are new project for company, which can do all the work, or as little as needed.