In 1976, Lewis Judy and Toni Gilbert began a woodworking and stained glass studio in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Toni designed the furniture and built stained glass for the early projects while Lewis did the woodworking. Lewis and Toni had been in business for 15 years when they added three employees, three buildings, a wood drying kiln and eventually a gallery. One of those employees was Hector Santana, who brought woodworking and finishing expertise to the furniture making. In the early 90’s they closed the gallery and renamed the business Northwest Timber. During a wonderful period of rest, Lewis ran Northwest Timber with the phone and e-mail, eventually launching our website in 1995.
In 2003, Lewis and Toni’s adult daughter, Sara Judy joined Lewis in growing Northwest Timber into a multigenerational company. Sara stepped in as a sales and marketing representative and manages the website. In December of 2004, Northwest Timber launched its first items onto its online store, after 15 years and 6 store platforms we are still finding new ways to improve our product and service.
Throughout the years, Lewis’ woodworking background has proven invaluable in talking with clients about their project needs. His years of harvesting, drying Oregon walnut lumber, and then applying it to his own projects has given him a unique knowledge of how wood works and how it needs to be handled in order to result in stable, clean, and beautiful lumber.
Purchasing wood from Northwest Timber is always a pleasure because of their courtesy, great customer service, and high business standards. The quality of their wood is unsurpassed!Building a project takes as much time and effort whether you use beautiful wood or pallet wood. The difference is in the beauty of the end product, which begins with Northwest Timber. Below is a picture of a quilted maple table with ebony and mother of pearl inlays made by my husband.
I purchased two curly cherry boards and one striped myrtle board. The boards are SPECTACULAR. They are just as pictured and described. The boards arrived in Central California in just two days, and most importantly, the boards arrived in perfect condition. They are even better than I expected. I'd definitely buy here again.
The website is cleanly designed and well-maintained, which is a big help compared to many other places. Their inventory and cataloging is accurate and thorough. I've had two different conversations with people there that could not have possibly been more pleasant. Each of the people that helped me were not only very friendly, but their wealth of knowledge and information was outstanding. I learned a great deal and had questions I had not yet thought of answered along the way.If only more vendors operated at this level. 100% would recommend to anyone- and because of their extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly disposition, they are now my first and likely only call for specialized woods.I really could go on and on. Well done, NW Timber.
I've bought several different types of woods from Northwest Timber that I've used to make a variety of jewelry and keepsake boxes. The spalted maple is particularly beautiful. I use it with the walnut that I purchase there to create four drawer jewelry boxes that are particularly prized by my customers.
The quality of my walnut boards is top notch. I had a little issue with shipping, but the people at Northwest Timber were very accommodating and made everything right... actually, they made me extra happy. This is definitely a place I'll go back to when I need high quality, beautiful lumber for my woodworking projects, and I will refer my artisan friends here as well.
This is our second order. Excellent prompt service and quality!I do wish the shipping department would put corner protectors under the banding straps. Both shipments have had minor but unnecessary damage to the wood from the Banding operations.
I bought 3 lots of curly maple from them and I was extremely happy with the quality of the wood and how quick the shipment arrived. They also offer the best prices. I would buy from them again and highly recommend them to anyone looking for high quality wood at a reasonable price.
Packaging is perfect, wood arrived in perfect shape. The wood is as described on the website, quality is A++++. As I'm in Canada, shipping and customs fees are a little bit expensive. I wish I could have such a great quality selection of figured woods in Canada.
I have been using Northwest Timber for all my highly figured wood. I can't say enough good about them, from the service to the quality, they do it right. If you are looking for a wood source that will deliver what they promise look no further. Amazing selection and speedy delivery.
Simply the BEST source for SPECIAL NW woods! Dazzling walnut and myrtle are my faves. Very accurate descriptions, photos and the reliability of service, drying techniques and shipping as well as the staggering selection plus the ever cheerful Sarah + Lewis Judy make the process delightful in acquiring investment quality specialty woods ~ Matthew, MXC Design, Bainbridge WA
I received incredible customer service from Northwest Timber. I ordered a piece of musical quilted maple. Within hours of my order being placed, I received a phone call confirming the important details. The lumber arrived exactly as described. I will be a repeat customer!
If you're looking for wood that makes your jaw drop to the floor and temporarily strikes you mute, this is the place to find it. Beautifully figured native hardwoods to make your work get noticed and make your friends appreciate the fact that, for once, you're silent.
Won't be able to work with the piece I got for quite a while, but it was so nice and priced right that I couldn't pass it up. Very good packing and fast shipping. It's hard not to send them lots of my money!
I recently purchased a maple burl from Northwest Timber and couldn't be happier with my transaction. The burl was packaged very securely to avoid damage during transit and was just, if not more, beautiful in person than as it appeared on their website. They even called me after i received it to ensure I was happy with my purchase - this was a great personal touch. I definitely plan to purchase more wood from them in the future.
Beautiful material and virtually no waste. My order was carefully packaged and made its way to the east coast in great shape.Lewis's call before shipping and his follow up after I received the order is exactly the type of service that elevates one business above the rest.I'll look forward to ordering from them again.