We pride ourselves on our environmentally friendly approach and the low impact of our process. For us this is not a trend, but rather an ethos – and it manifests itself in every aspect of our production.
We are a family and friends run business operating out of beautiful Madeline Island, in pristine Lake Superior, Wisconsin.
Here we use sustainable techniques to harvest our native species of Oak, Cedar & Sugar Maple – to produce our high-quality cooking and grilling planks from the plentiful forests of the island.
As far as possible we use local products and skills for our low environmental impact, hand-sawed product.
We realize that each plank is a unique product of nature. As a result – and unlike other factory companies – we do not churn out a strictly uniform plank every time. We really try to put a lot of personal care and respect into each plank to ensure that you are getting the best.
Our process begins with the selection of our lumber. We manage considerable areas of the islands forests. We cull the timber – to encourage regeneration – thinning out the trees for the health of the forest. Some of the lumber comes from culling, but about a third comes from salvage.
We use horsepower to fell our selected lumber to be exact two dignified and beautiful Belgian Shire horses, Dolly and Sherry. All our machinery runs on bio-diesel from our vehicles to our mill. By using bio-diesel, a vegetable derived fuel, we greatly reduce our carbon impact.
When lumber is run through the saw mill our twin kilns are then used to dry the boards. The kiln is fired with scrap wood using an ultra-efficient boiler system. This reduces waste to practically zero as any supplementary off-cuts help kiln-dry the rough boards. Our kiln has been specially engineered for maximum heat retention which further improves yield.
After it has been air-dried in the kiln the board is then finished on our planer. It smooths the plank off to make it ready for use. Like all our equipment the planer runs on bio-diesel. We then cut these boards into planks by hand, brand them and individually package them. By doing this we can always ensure high quality.
Our planks are wrapped in a maize-based completely biodegradable shrink-wrap seal. You can compost our shrink-wrap. The paper used in our packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, even the text on our packaging is written in soy-based ink. On larger orders we use cardboard boxes that are 65% post-consumer recycled – the highest currently available. Due to technological constraints cardboard boxes must use about 35% of virgin materials for strength. Once fully recycled boxes are available we shall have them.
At every stage of production we make every effort to be as eco-friendly as technologically, logistically and humanly possible. We hope you enjoy planking your food!