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Ellsworth carpenters like their woodwork well done

Bringing out the best in wood is what Luke Fleming and Chris Johnson strive to do with their Original Black Pine business.

The carpenters use a special process called carbon tracing to pull the deep, dark character of the wood forward. The wood is sanded, then subjected to variable temperatures. They use the specially treated material in products ranging from lawn furniture to cabinets to tongue-and-groove ceilings.

"It gives the wood a rich, inviting look," Johnson said Wednesday.

The grain is accented through this burning, which the pair does relying on sight to determine the extent, he said. Three different burns are available: light, medium and dark.

"It's ideal for game rooms, bar areas and entryways," Fleming said, noting lodge areas also benefit.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 17.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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