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One of the most frequent questions I get from other builders is, "Why do you post pricing?  I have always had them posted, I just have married modern age with what people used to "ballpark".  I removed that and the price is guaranteed never to go down (not for anyone, not even Friends or Family) harsh yes, but it isn't fair to you as a potential client if there are side deals for other people.  Also, it isn't fair to me as a builder to discount what I perceive as my "worth".

Client involvement is a core principle and a founding pillar of Hanna Carpentry.  The clients(YOU!) are engaged with two way communication(Text/Pictures) throughout the process.  Not only is it crucial for you to get a custom piece but it also provides you with "Providence" which is something that is for the most part gone in today's modern age.   

Wormy Maple - 940 lbf (sometimes called “Ambrosia Maple”) is a grade of Maple, specifically selected and sorted to show mineral streaks and color variations caused by the Ambrosia beetle. The beetle infests the live Maple tree, depositing larvae that bore small “worm holes” and discolor the wood.  The discolourations and imperfections give wormy maple a lower price point than maple. However, many people love the rustic charm and character that they give to a piece making it one of the most popular woods.

Ash - 1320 lbf has very good overall strength properties relative to its weight. A light-colored species with an open grain and a coarse texture similar to oak, Ash is relatively dense with good working and finishing properties. The wood of Ash is economically important due to its strength, hardness, weight, and shock resistance.

Hard Maple - 1450 lbf is a creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge, and the heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. The wood has a close, fine texture and is generally straight-grained. Maple wood is incredibly strong, looks great, and stains nicely. Woodworkers and furniture aficionados gravitate towards maple for its light, creamy color, smooth grain pattern, and impressive durability.

Black Walnut - 1010 lbf has tight grain that gives it a uniform look; there’s usually little hassle in finding pieces that line up well together to create a cohesive appearance. The hardness of American black walnut wood is drawback to consider. With a Janka hardness rating of just 1,010, it is significantly softer than some other popular/cheaper options


The Janka hardness test (from the Austrian-born emigrant Gabriel Janka, 1864–1932) measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. It measures the force required to embed an 11.28 millimetres (0.444 in) diameter steel ball halfway into a sample of wood. A common use of Janka hardness ratings is to determine whether a species is suitable for use as Furniture

What Is A “Good” Janka Rating?

When choosing wood furniture, having an idea of the Janka scale rating will provide buyers with an indication of how strong the furniture is and how much wear and tear it will be able to handle over the years before it requires repair or replacement. Even still, a “good” Janka rating serves only as an indication, because it is not just the hardness that plays a role in the appearance and durability of a piece over time. It is also the traffic, maintenance, and prevention that dictates how well a piece will look years after it is delivered.

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