MAKER: Gum Creek Enterprises LLC in Ben Wheeler
PRODUCTS: Gum Creek’s offerings include custom wood flooring, doors, cabinetry, furniture, interior and exterior doors, fireplace mantles and home furnishings. Products are made locally from native Texas wood that they mill, dry and process in Ben Wheeler. “Our Mission is to provide custom work, custom care and quality results for each one of our clients using local resources to produce beautiful results,” the company website, www.gumcreek.net , states.
Gum Creek’s services include custom wood flooring, wood salvage, milling, kiln drying and forest management.
BACKGROUND: Gum Creek is a locally owned and operated company in Ben Wheeler that mills its own wood working with land owners to salvage dead or dying trees or harvesting lumber for forest improvement. Once harvested, they mill and dry the wood. They have a solar kiln and two dehumidification kilns. After the wood is dried, they process it in their shop and determine its best use, depending on species, cut and quality. Most of the wood is used for multispecies flooring but also is used for cabinets, furniture, beams and other large sale products. The leftover scraps are used for cutting boards and home furnishings.
In 2013, Gum Creek opened a retail store, Gum Creek Mercantile. The store showcases the company’s craftsmanship and serves as a premier home d￩cor, gift and general merchandise destination, the website states. There is an onsite laser engraver to provide customization to wood cutting boards, coasters and more.