Episode #007 – An Interview with Greg Coker – A great source for Wood

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An Interview with Greg Coker

A great wood resource for Woodworking projects

I first met Greg about 3 years ago.

Greg Coker

Greg Coker

I had been hunting for something build my new desk at the office, and kept coming up short.  I went to a local lumber store known as Peach State Lumber.  They essentially introduced me to Greg, and I have been thankful ever since.

Greg has an uncanny ability to see what many might see as a nuisance or firewood like this:

2 hardwood 2 Hardwood (2)

And pull an amazing piece like this out of it:

3 Poplar for sale 3 Hardwood for sale

 

These pictures really do not do the wood justice.  I took it at 6:30 in the morning with low light on my iPhone.  It was also less than 32 degrees and there was frost on the wood hiding much of its beauty.

These pieces had blue, purple, yellow, and red grains flowing through them.  I really had never seen anything like it in person before.  If I wasn’t already buying two 12 foot slabs of Walnut, I would have picked up these pieces too.

 

 

4 - Lumber shopGreg works out of this huge open shop he built himself.

 

 

 

Here are some of the slabs he currently has in his shop.

6 - More Slabs 4 - Wood Slabs 6 - Wood Slabs 6 - Spalted slabs 6 - Slab Choices 7 - Almost Quartersawn

Greg uses a Wood-Mizer sawmill that he purchased years ago when he left his full time job to do something more rewarding.

9 - Lumber Mill 9 - WoodMiser 2 9 - Woodmiser Extension

My son Baldwin:

Having too much fun.  My photographer was taking a break

Having too much fun. My photographer was taking a break

Here are a few more pictures from my visit.

 

Greg's next challenge.  What beauty lies in this triple cherry root?

Greg’s next challenge. What beauty lies in this triple cherry root?

Extra Boards anyone?

Extra Boards anyone?

A 5000 pound log that Greg is going to test his new blasting procedure to try and split.

A 5000 pound log that Greg is going to test his new blasting procedure to try and split.

11 foot slabs.  Anyone want to make a counter with a live edge?

11 foot slabs. Anyone want to make a counter with a live edge?

Interviewing the big man.  He loves to cut wood.

Interviewing the big man. He loves to cut wood.

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Until next time, I hope everyone can get into their shop and build useful works of art.

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