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Southwest Post Designs
For The Beauty Of It

Hand Carved Solid Wood

It seems that most people buy our posts because they are hand carved from solid natural wood. This is what gives the product its unique character.

Solid wood is a natural building material that has been used for many centuries. With our products you can rest assured that studies done in the future will not show harmful side effects of the solid wood. Unlike many wood products today that have a tiny sliver of wood on top of other material, our products are really made with thick pieces of lumber.

Wood loses or gains moisture, until it reaches equilibrium with the constantly changing level of moisture in the air of its immediate environment and in the process, cracks will develop.

We use solid wood. It will crack.

cracked wood

I remember my first time being around green freshly carved wood & my shock at hearing the wood cracking after my husband had carved a piece of green wood. It sounded like some thing was there in the room making noises it was so loud!

The cracks that develop are part of buying a hand crafted wood post. It is not possible for us to know before we begin to carve a piece of wood exactly how the wood will look in the future after it dries. It is a living art.

We will not ship if the structural integrity of the wood is compromised.

Douglas Fir: Quality Material

All products are made from solid, rough sawn, green Rocky Mountain Douglas Fir. The aesthetic appeal of clear, light, straight, vertical-grain Douglas Fir is unsurpassed among the world's softwood species.

Green refers to the wood being freshly cut and without undergoing any formal drying process. Green wood is easier to work with because less dust is generated when we carve and cut the wood. This means less dust gets in our lungs as we work.

Rough sawn refers to the way the wood is cut at the lumber mill. The timber as it is after coming off the saw. Generally quite rough with saw marks.

Strength of Wood

When architects and engineers look for the best in structural lumber, their first choice, repeatedly, is Douglas Fir. It is dimensionally more stable than other softwoods (retains its shape and size with minimal shrinking, swelling, cupping, warping, bowing or twisting) and universally recognized for its superior strength-to-weight ratio.

Its high specific gravity provides excellent nail and plate-holding ability. The tough fiber holds fasteners well.

The Douglas Fir species has the highest modulus of elasticity (E or MOE) of the North American softwood species. This is the ratio of the amount a piece of lumber will deflect in proportion to an applied load; it is a reflection of the species' high degree of stiffness.

In strength properties, Douglas Fir has the highest ratings of any Western softwood for extreme fiber stress in bending (Fb); for tension parallel-to-grain (Ft); for horizontal sheer (Fv); for compression perpendicular-to-grain (Fc); and for compression parallel-to-grain (Fc//).

It is truly the ideal structural and general purpose wood for framing lumber in residential, light commercial, multistory and industrial construction.

These physical working properties provide the reasons many builders use Douglas Fir as the standard against which all other lumber is judged.

About the Craftsman

Wilber was born and raised in a Costa Rica rainforest. Surrounded by nature he developed a deep appreciation for the intricate beauty of natural wood.

Wiber, craftsman

Individually Made to Order

Our products are produced on site, individually, by hand. None of our products are stocked; each order is unique start to finish. We will cut the lumber based on your size specifications and carve according to your design.

If you can visualize it, we can build it! We provide pictures of several classic designs to help you visualize your options. We are happy to carve designs you provide for us (prices will vary for custom designs). We have templates for classic designs (allowing a set price) but each order is hand carved from scratch. No two products are alike.

Caring For The Wood

You can slow the drying process by treating the wood. You can try a wood preservative to seal it, like wax on a car, to help protect the wood from the elements.

In order to help protect the wood from excessive cracking it is important to treat it as soon as possible. The longer the wood is left untreated, the more cracks that might develop in the wood.

If you do not want the cracks to be seen you can fill in the cracks with liquid nail or wood putty which is sold at most hardware stores. Another option would be to mix saw dust and wood glue together and use it to fill in the cracks. After applying the product you need to let it dry completely, then sand it and stain it.

Sanded

Elements of the product that are cut in the carving process are not sanded. We do a rough sand using 50 grit sand paper on the elements that are not cut. If you want a more rustic look you may request that we not sand the product at all.

Unsanded Corbel

Products are all handmade - not mass produced by machine. The products are designed for a rustic natural look.

sanded wood

Unstained

All products are made with rough sawn Douglas fir. The products are not stained or finished to allow you to finish the product however you desire.

Douglas Fir will "redden" over time when exposed to light.

We highly recommend using a durable finish that provides UV protection for outdoor installations.

Douglas Fir paints easily and can hold all types of stains and finishes.

Clear coatings, transparent lacquer, varnishes, oils, wax, bright or subdued stains, tints or paints and enamels are all appropriate finishes.

Douglas Fir takes a pigmented stain quite easily and evenly, but clear finishing this amber-red toned wood brings out the true, natural beauty.

unstained wood

Price List

For a more complete list of our prices see the attached file. If you don't see a size you are interested in, just contact us. (Download .pdf 759kb)

Brochures

If you would like to show someone our products you can print off the attached brochures.

Product brochure (Download .pdf 422kb)

Product post card (Download .pdf 305kb)

Installation

Check with local building codes for specifications on anchoring and placing of posts. Post can be installed on concrete bases using metal brackets as pictured here. Lag bolts can be used to secure a corbel to a post and a beam to a corbel. Installation can be exposed or hidden for a more or less rustic effect.

post installation corbel bracket installation post metal mounting installation

Return Policy

Please carefully consider what you want before ordering. All work is custom made, so we cannot accept returns.

Contact

If you e-mail & don't see a response from us within 48 hours, please call us at 719-717-7904. Many service providers filter messages from unfamiliar sources, so our return messages may not be reaching you.