Q. What kind of wood do you use to make your furniture?
A. At Northern Sky Woodworks, we use beautiful Western Red Cedar for almost all our wood products.  Western Red Cedar is a truly “green” and renewable resource.  Please see the Sustainability section of the website.

Q. What makes Western Red Cedar so special?
A. Western Red Cedar is an amazing, renewable resource for outdoor furniture. Its beautiful earth-tone hues, aromatic fragrance, natural resistance to rot and mold make it the perfect choice for creating this enduring and rustically attractive Adirondack-style furniture. This furniture is handcrafted, one at a time, by us for you and your family’s enjoyment and comfort for many years to come. There are many reasons we choose Western Red Cedar:

  • It is light and strong.  At 60% the weight of Red or White Oak, it has 80% of oak’s strength.

  • Its natural chemical compounds provide a renowned resistance to rot and decay and provides a natural deterrent to wood-damaging insects (including termites).

  • Its cellular structure makes it a natural insulator.  Unlike metal outdoor furniture, Western Red Cedar furniture will stay cool even on  hot, sunny days. That cellular structure also makes it extremely resistant to dimensional changes (cupping, cracking, and splitting) due to fluctuations in heat and/or humidity. This dimensional stability and low heat transfer make Western Red Cedar the most logical choice of wood for saunas, hot tubs and, of course, for crafting this beautiful Adirondack-style outdoor furniture.

Q. Can the furniture be stained, painted, or finished?
A. Yes! All of the furniture can be stained or painted. Unstained Western Red Cedar, if left untouched, will turn an attractive silvery-grey over time. However, we recommend a UV-resistant finish in order to retain the beautiful original appearance for many years to come. We can add a stain or finish for you before shipping or you can save some money by staining the completed product yourself!  The finish is easy to apply and can be reapplied, as required, without time-consuming removal of the original finish, unlike a varnish finish.  Contact us for recommendations on an ecologically sound, low VOC, and, best of all, easy-to-apply finish.

Q. Does the furniture have to be stained, painted, or finished?
A. No! Unstained Western Red Cedar, if left untouched, will turn an attractive silvery-grey over time.  Additionally, Western Red Cedar’s natural chemical compounds provide a renowned resistance to rot and decay and provides a natural deterrent to wood-damaging insects (including termites).

Q. Does the furniture require any assembly?
A. Yes. To minimize shipping costs, all furniture ships flat. Detailed instructions are included for the assembly. Several items also have video assembly instructions. A link directly to the instructions is included in your shipment, or you can visit our YouTube page and look for your furniture assembly video.

Q. Can I purchase the chairs wholesale to sell in my store or boutique?
A. Yes! Please contact us for more details.

Q. Can I customize my chair with my business’s logo?
A. Yes! We love to provide quality, long-lasting furniture for exceptional businesses like breweries, wineries, lodges and more! Please contact us for more information on how to get Northern Sky Woodworks furniture in your outdoor venues.

Q. Where do you ship?
A. We ship anywhere in the continental United States. To ship elsewhere, please contact us.

Q. Where are you located?
A. Northern Sky Woodworks in located in Los Lunas, New Mexico.

Q. Do you have a retail store?
A. No, all of our sales are done through our website or through trade shows and festivals. 

Q. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
A. It depends. Is it African or European…?

 

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