Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The Local Woodsman...whats in a name?
The Local Woodsman is an endeavour of love brought about and run by the Wood family. We chose the name with inspiration drawn from the head of our family, Bob. He has long been a true woodsman, spending ample time away exploring the wildest regions of his home state of Oregon. He has always worked with wood, hand carving all the spoons we've used in our own kitchen for as long as we can remember. The 'Local' bit of it came when we determined from the start that our business would be built on the principle of only using local and sustainable woods in every thing we make.
Q: How is your wood local and sustainable?
When our resident craftsman Bob hunts for wood, he looks for timber that has been grown in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest first. This means he often has Myrtle Wood harvested from the Oregon Coast, Juniper from Central Oregon, and assorted hardwoods sourced from small businesses in town. He also looks to salvage wood that has been abandoned or stored, and has developed a handsome collection of woods collected from antique furniture as a result. Much of it has been kept stored for nearly 30 years waiting for the perfect project.
We do not buy woods that are sourced from the Amazon or other regions of the globe that are known for illegal deforestation. We also strive to find wood that has been milled locally, in Oregon, and not off shore or overseas in an endeavour to support local jobs and sustainability efforts.
Q: Are your products organic?
While we cannot be certified organic, we do use wood that is untreated with harsh chemicals. We do not use mineral oils or other synthetics to treat our spoons once they are made, and instead work with all natural walnut oil. If you have nut allergies, please let us know before placing an order so we can substitute another natural oil.
Our wood treatment we make in house is organic as we source entirely organic ingredients.
Q: Do you take large orders, corporate or special commissions?
We are always open to discussing ideas. As Bob is the only one who can hand carve our products, large commissions or particularly special and unique requests must be considered alongside his busy schedule and therefor are done on a case by case basis. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Q: Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we do. As we are a small business and it can sometimes be expensive to ship overseas, please contact us before purchasing so we can give you the best quote.
Q: Do you have a bricks and mortar shop? Can I stop by?
We do not have a shop for you to come visit. We are, however, considering some Oregon farmers markets to set up a shop in. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on facebook to stay tuned on these developments!