ABOUT US

FAMILY OWNED

Mountain Dog Millworks is a family-owned business that takes pride in producing high-quality, unique, hand crafted furnishings and cut lumber in an ecologically sound way. All our creations are made from kiln dried, sustainably harvested trees from atop our breathtaking mountain estate acreage.
At Mountain Dog Millworks, we produce interior furnishings and custom designed live edge products featuring the natural beauty of the indigenous wood. Each piece is carefully hand-selected to ensure that it meets our high standards for beauty and durability.
By utilizing live edge slabs, Mountain Dog Millworks can create truly unique and eye-catching custom furniture and built-ins that showcase the natural beauty of the wood. Each live edge slab has its own character, with variations in grain patterns, knots, and imperfections, making every piece one-of-a-kind.
The process begins with the design phase, where you can work closely with the Mountain Dog Millworks team to conceptualize your ideal custom built-ins. They will take your specifications and preferences into account to create a design that maximizes both functionality and aesthetic appeal.
Once the design is finalized, the skilled craftsmen at Mountain Dog Millworks will carefully select the appropriate live edge slabs for your project. These slabs will be transformed into stunning built-ins that can be incorporated into your home or office space.

Scenic Photo of the Tehachapi mountains on a slightly sunny slightly overcast day

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE

Our teams work diligently to identify and mark the affected trees, assessing the extent of infestation and the potential for salvaging usable lumber. Priority is given to trees that can still yield viable lumber, while those extensively damaged are set aside for firewood or worst case, disposal in sanctioned burn piles.
Once the trees are felled they are transported to our mill to process the logs into usable lumber. Milling the salvaged wood helps recover valuable resources that would otherwise go to waste, while also reducing the demand for harvesting healthy trees. The lumber derived from these infested or drought-stricken trees can serve various purposes, from construction materials to furniture and artisanal crafts. By maximizing the utilization of the wood, Mountain Dog Millworks strives to find economic value in the midst of environmental challenges, promoting sustainable practices and reducing the impact on healthy forest ecosystems.
It is crucial to mention that while milling provides an essential means of salvaging the usable wood, it is just one component of a comprehensive strategy to address Bark Beetle infestation and drought-related tree mortality. Integrated pest management techniques, wildfire prevention measures, and reforestation initiatives are also imperative in safeguarding the long-term health and resilience of the region’s forests. By combining these efforts, We can better tackle the complexities of this environmental crisis and move towards a more sustainable and balanced future.

As craftsmen and stewards of our forest, we have a unique opportunity to balance the needs of both your business and the environment. This is achieved by using sustainable re-forestation practices, reducing waste, and minimizing our carbon footprint through the use of renewable energy sources and responsible transportation. By doing so, we can not only help preserve the beauty and health of our local forest but also set an example for other businesses to follow.


WHAT WE PRACTICE

  1. Sustainable Harvesting: Implement responsible forestry practices when harvesting trees from our mountain estate. This includes selectively choosing trees for harvest, avoiding clear-cutting, and following local regulations and guidelines for sustainable logging.
  2. Reforestation and Habitat Restoration: To offset the impact of tree harvesting, consider implementing reforestation initiatives on our estate. Planting new trees helps restore the ecosystem and maintain a healthy forest. Additionally, we can undertake habitat restoration projects to enhance biodiversity and support local wildlife.
  3. Efficient Milling Process: Optimize our milling process to minimize waste and energy consumption. Utilize advanced equipment and technologies that maximize the yield from each log while reducing material waste. Efficient energy management and using eco-friendly machinery can further minimize the environmental impact.
  4. Responsible Material Selection: When sourcing additional materials beyond the trees from our estate, choose suppliers that share our commitment to environmental responsibility. Look for sustainably sourced wood and other materials that have been certified by recognized organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
  5. Design and Manufacturing: Focus on creating durable and long-lasting products that minimize the need for replacement or disposal. Emphasize quality craftsmanship and select finishes that are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Additionally, consider the energy efficiency and environmental impact of your manufacturing processes.
  6. Waste Reduction and Recycling: Implement waste management practices to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials generated during the manufacturing process. Develop strategies for recycling sawdust, wood scraps, and other byproducts. This can include repurposing them for other applications or collaborating with local organizations that can utilize these materials.
  7. Educating Customers: Raise awareness among our customers about the importance of responsible sourcing and the environmental benefits of choosing sustainable products. Provide information about your company’s commitment to the environment, certifications you hold, and any specific initiatives you undertake.
Black Pearl Resin Eucalyptus coffee table

UNIQUE DESIGNS

By utilizing live edge slabs, Mountain Dog Millworks can create truly unique and eye-catching furniture and built ins that showcase the natural beauty of the wood. Each live edge slab has its own character, with variations in grain patterns, knots, and imperfections, making every piece one-of-a-kind.
The process begins with the design phase, where you can work closely with the Mountain Dog Millworks team to conceptualize your ideal custom piece. They will take your specifications and preferences into account to create a design that maximizes both functionality and aesthetic appeal.