We take pride in drying all of our live edge slabs down to 6-8% moisture content using a vacuum kiln. This process helps minimize the natural tendency that wood has to move and decay and also kills any live bugs and eggs. Wood slabs react to the moisture content in the air depending on your location and what time of year it is. In a sense, wood is actually a living and breathing object that reacts to the environment it lives in. This naturally occurring movement can cause slight bows, cups, twists, and small cracking to occur in your slabs. This is normal. The most common cause of this is large swings in humidity. We recommend keeping your wood in a space that has a humidity level between 35% and 50% and maintaining a steady air flow. Storing your slab(s) in an environment outside of these levels, or where they are exposed to sudden temperature and humidity changes can result in significant movements and warping, and will not be considered a valid claim with Maple Creek Mill.
We recommend cleaning with a damp cloth and allowing to fully dry. We also highly recommend sealing your wood with a quality product that penetrates the wood (i.e Rubio Monocoat or similar). This will help prevent damage and seal out moisture. Never put hot objects on your wood or store on the ground without air flow.
We travel all over the USA sourcing logs in various species! We then mill, dry, and finish at our home in Mapleton, UT and at our shop in Spanish Fork, UT. By sourcing our logs through reputable and sustainable mills and then slabbing and kiln drying the wood in house we are able to keep our prices for top quality wood at an affordable price. We can usually tell you exactly where your slab came from!