Danielle Hossler – Co-Owner
End Grain Design & Reclaimed Lumber
Morris: And I just want to say it ain’t over till it’s over.
James: That’s right.
Morris: And in front of me is a block of four by four lumber. Cut to about 2 inches thick. And it was handed to me by Danielle Hossler who is from Endgrain Design and Reclaimed Lumber. What in heaven’s name is this mini-post, mini wood post used for?
Danielle: Yeah that is used for driveways and sidewalks
James & Morris: Driveways and sidewalks.
Morris: As what? An edge design or what?
Danielle: No, as the sidewalk. It’s used as a paver.
Morris: Oh this is not a paving stone, but paving wood?
James: No. A paving block.
Danielle: A paving block.
James: As opposed to a paver stone.
Danielle: Yeah, they have roads in Philly and Baltimore here.
James: You’re kidding! How cool is that?
Danielle: Nope. They last forever.
James: So this starts out as, first of all, we’re salvaging the wood, and you’re reclaiming it from?
Danielle: Some of the locusts is reclaimed, and some of it is new lumber.
Danielle: All our Endgrain floors, we have the option of both, but the locust comes in. We get it; we chop it down.
James: You mill it.
Danielle: Mhmm. You can get the rounded edges; you can get the flat edges. They all have a different look when they’re down on the ground, just like any other tile, stone, whatever. But a good long life. It’s good with drainage. Same concept of laying a paver you put your stone down over the sand. Pack it in good. The little slits on the side are for metal rods, so if you’re doing a perfectly straight, you can slide the rod in and pull it out as you work and keep the line straight.
Danielle: So you don’t have to sit there and measure and keep on center.
James: What base are we using for the paver blocks?
Danielle: Sand or crushed stone.
James: Sand or crushed stone.
James: So it’s gotta be pervious. We don’t want the wood sitting in water.
Danielle: No, but even if it does. Even if your driveway floods in areas or sidewalk floods, it will be fine. They’ve lasted for hundreds of years as roads in Baltimore and Philly. Even through all the floods.
James: I’ll be darn.
Danielle: The thing that destroyed the one in Philly was construction.
James: Is the material raw. Or does it come with the finish, or is it finished in place?
Danielle: It’s raw. You can put a stain on it, if you like.
James: Okay. But you don’t have to.
Morris: Tell me, what kind of wood is this?
Morris: Black locust?
Morris: And where is it grown?
Danielle: We get that from out west.
James: Oh really. Okay.
Danielle: And some from, we get some shipped in from South Carolina and down Virginia and stuff.
James: I’ll be darn.
Morris: Oh cool.
James: Why locust?
Danielle: Locust lasts forever. It’s really good wood to use when you are working with outdoor products and people use it on decks. We do, also, cutting for decks, custom pieces.
James: Now, Danielle, are you using locust exclusively or?
Danielle: No. Well for, this is one of our products. You get it long or in a perfect block. And then we have the endgrain floors for the inside of the house. These ones that you’re looking at here, they come in different sizes, but these are for wood floors. We do countertops, furniture, bed frames.
Danielle: What we do is we sell you the actual block, and then we help you walk through the process of laying it and putting it down.
James: Assembling it. Putting it together, so this piece that I’m holding, which is 12 by 12, you would not send me. This is your product assembled on site.
Danielle: Yep. That’s a sample.
James: Very nice. Danielle Hossler, how may our audience get more information on Endgrain Design and Reclaimed Lumber?
Danielle: You can call us, e-mail us. Check out our website. We have a Facebook page. Have any questions?
James: So the website is endgraindesignlumber.com. And you’re in Pennsylvania. Lancaster County.
Danielle: Yes, we’re in southern Lancaster.
James: Tell us about cost. What should one expect and as much as cost is concerned?
Danielle: It all ranges. Everything has a different price. You can start out with your floors anywhere from nine dollars to twenty dollars depending on-
Morris: Nine to twenty dollars a square foot?
Danielle: Yes, because we do the black walnut. It takes a little bit longer, but it’s absolutely beautiful when it’s finished.
James: Thank you Danielle.
Morris: Black walnut?!
James: Alright. That’s a wrap. Our thanks to everyone, thanks for being with us with the Remodeling Show and Deck Expo. More at onthehouse.com.