Kitchen Trends for the Summer of 2017

Summer is a great time to think about a kitchen remodel. Freshen up your kitchen and do the major work before cold weather sets in and you are more confined to the house. Establish an inviting kitchen, where you will enjoy preparing meals with your family and sharing stories with your friends. Before you get started on your remodel, check out these 2017 trends to discover new ideas for your kitchen.

1) Quartz Countertops

Quartz is overtaking granite as one of the most popular countertop options according to a survey cited by People. Quartz is easier to customize to a particular color scheme, easier to clean and maintain, and resistant to wear and tear. Granite offers a unique look that is particularly appealing, but quartz may offer more advantages.

2) Farmhouse and Rustic

Farmhouse stylReclaimed Chestnut Cabinetrye is currently one of the most popular kitchen design trends. This can include anything from wood paneling to reclaimed wood cabinetry. Pine wood and lighter colors throughout the kitchen lend to the farmhouse look. The rustic look featuring metals and heavy grained wood is also becoming increasingly popular.

3) Black Appliances

For many years stainless steel was the most popular look for kitchen appliances. Many people no longer want the shiny, metallic appliances to dominate the kitchen. According to Country Living, black appliances are making a comeback, but with a modernized look. You can now find appliances in black stainless steel.

4) Highly Specialized Cabinetry

Homeowners want functional space. Cabinetry can be designed to fit just about every need. Deep drawers, pull-out trash and recycling drawers, cabinets with cookie sheet dividers, and pull out spice shelves are just a few examples of highly specialized cabinetry. Cabinetry can also hide small appliances and sit on top of countertops to conceal microwaves.

Contact Us

While you may want to collect ideas and tips from the latest trends, you also have your own unique style. At T. Scholl Fine Woodworks we work with homeowners and designers to develop the right cabinetry that fits the look and style of your home. Contact us to see how you could get started on your ideal kitchen.

Hug an Angler

The Colorado Wildlife Council has launched a brilliant campaign to raise awareness about conservation and the hunter’s and fisherman’s role in caring for Colorado’s public spaces. The add campaign “Hug an Angler” encourages us all to hug an angler, because the fee they pay for their license goes to important conservation efforts.

We all enjoy Colorado’s public lands whether we hike, hunt, fish, camp, or 4-wheel. Many of those activities are free and can remain so because people buy licenses to hunt and fish.

As spring runoff starts rushing down the mountains and the air and water begin to warm a bit, it is the perfect time to hug the angler in your life! Help them get ready for the season with a one-of-a-kind walnut fly box.

Walnut Fly Box

Walnut Fly Box

These fly boxes can be purchased directly from our website and can be shipped to your favorite angler. Say “thank you” with this unique gift that is crafted in the heart of trout fishing country in Colorado.

The Difference between Red and White Oak

In our most recent newsletter we touched on the characteristics of a variety wood used for crafting fine furniture and cabinetry. In this post we offer a more in-depth look at the difference between red and white oak.

Species and Groups

There are two trees that are known specifically as red oak and white oak by their common names. Quercus rubra and Quercus alba are the scientific names for these two specific species. However, red oak and white oak can also refer to groups of trees that are different species but have similar characteristics.

It can be tempting to assume that you could tell the difference between red oak and white oak by color. However, white oak can appear more reddish than some red oak. This distinction becomes even less visible when the oak is stained.

Live Trees

Pointed lobes of red oak leaves

Pointed lobes of red oak leaves

When you are in a stand of living oak trees, the leaves are the simplest way to distinguish between the two groups. Species of white oaks will have rounded, lobed leaves, while red oaks have pointier, lobed leaves that usually have a sort of needle-shaped point protruding from the end of a lobe.

End Grain

If you have cut wood, there are several ways to determine the difference. The end grain of the wood displays a pronounced difference. The heartwood of red oak is extremely porous, while in white oak these pores are blocked by tyloses. It is these blockages that make white oak particularly resistant to rot and decay caused by moisture. Red oak will absorb water through its pores much faster than white oak.

This video offers an excellent demonstration of how capillary action draws moisture through the pores in red oak in a matter of seconds. 

You can also look at the distance between growth rings. Red oak tends to grow faster than white oak, so there will be fewer growth rings. White oak will have more densely packed growth rings in the same amount of space.


Quarter sawing is a method of producing boards from logs that is especially significant for oak. Oak has prominent medullary rays that look like brown flecks. These medullary rays are more visible when oak is cut so that the growth rings are at a 60-90 degree angle to the face of the board. In white oak these rays are longer than in red oak. In addition to the desired look of the rays, the perpendicular grain is sturdier and less likely to cup than grain that curves through the end grain, which occurs when the log is plain sawn. Quarter sawing achieves this desired look and function. This video from Frank Miller Lumber illustrates how quarter sawing works:



White Oak Built-Ins

White Oak Cabinetry

Both woods can make stunning pieces and have a significant place in crafting custom kitchens and fine furniture. Sturdy, dense white oak is ideal for bar tops, outdoor furniture and other applications where the piece may be exposed to moisture. Red oak works well for cabinet doors, and indoor furniture. White oak tends to be a bit more expensive than red oak.

Choosing the Right Material

At T. Scholl Fine Woodworks, we carefully match the right material with the right piece. We will work with you so that you understand key differences in wooden materials and choose the best pieces for your project.

Photo: Red oak (Quercus rubra) by Peter O’Conner


“Distinguishing White Oak from Red” WoodWeb

“Distinguishing Red and White Oak” The Wood Database

The Best of Colorado

Live edge bar top reflects rustic style and natural beauty.

Live edge bar top reflects rustic style and natural beauty.

We were recently included in The Best of Colorado on the “Colo Rad Owned” page. This is a really significant honor for us. We are excited to be included on this list because place matters to us. So much of what we do is influenced by our love for Colorado and the unique, rugged, majestic environment it is known for. Our pieces are influenced by our history, inspired by rustic style and seek to highlight natural beauty.

Miner's chest inspired by the mining history in Fairplay and Alma, CO.

Miner’s chest inspired by the mining history in Fairplay and Alma, CO.

Whether we are crafting custom cabinetry or a unique piece of heirloom furniture, our choices in style are informed by our singular place in the mountains and the people who make their homes here. We know that quality craftsmanship and artful design are essential to making products that our clients love.

We truly appreciate being recognized for the work we do in the state we love. Thanks Best of Colorado! 

A Gift for an Angler


Walnut Fly Box

Walnut Fly Box

As the holidays approach, finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be overwhelming. The ideal gift is unique, speaks to the individual’s tastes or hobbies and can be used and cherished for years to come. If you have an angler in your life, T. Scholl Fine Woodworks has the perfect gift.

You can now buy walnut fly boxes directly from our website. These fly boxes are carefully crafted from American black walnut. Both sides are made from a single piece of wood and end matched for a cohesive look. Two Rare Earth disc magnets ensure that the box stays firmly closed. The box gently glides open and closed on two brass barrel hinges. High quality ripple foam and flat foam offer a secure home for beloved flies. The box is finished with a low VOC Rubio Monocoat and New England Brown Wax to feature the natural beauty of the walnut. The box is completed with a decorative trout carving.

Ripple Foam, Rare Earth disc magnet, Brass barrel hinge

Ripple Foam, Rare Earth disc magnet, Brass barrel hinge

This special gift will be an essential part of your fisherman’s gear. It is both attractive and functional so your loved one can use it while enjoying their favorite fishing spots for years to come. Don’t forget to allow time for shipping and order your fly box today so that you can have it for Christmas.

*If you live in Park County call us before you order to pick up in the shop.

What’s Happening to the Trees?

Some trees are susceptible to specific blights. These blights are often introduced from outside of the native range of the tree, so the tree has not developed any defenses against the blight. Two trees facing formidable adversaries right now are American black walnut and ash.

About American Black Walnut

American black walnut is an economically significant species. It produces lumber that is commonly used by craftsmen because it is easy to work with, has a rich color and an attractive grain. It is ideal for making furniture and other wood crafts. American black walnut also produces nuts that can be sold commercially for eating and baking applications.

Native Range

The native range of the American black walnut includes southeastern states, stretching from the northern parts of Florida all the way west and north to southern portions of Minnesota. Their native range stops at the Great Plains. American black walnut has been successfully introduced to states beyond its natural range, including Colorado.

Thousand Cankers Disease

The crown of this walnut shows damage caused by thousand cankers disease.

The crown of this walnut shows damage caused by thousand cankers disease.

Unfortunately, American black walnut is facing a significant adversary, thousand cankers disease. The walnut twig beetle carries a fungus that creates cankers just underneath the bark of walnut trees. These cankers eventually cut off the flow of nutrients and water throughout the tree and ultimately cause the tree to die. The damage caused by the twig beetle is often undetectable because the beetles and their entry points are so tiny.  The cankers lie underneath the surface of the bark, they may weep some, but are otherwise invisible. The first sign of visible damage is leaves that are turning yellow or brown. Eventually the crown will die and the tree will follow, usually about 3 years after the infestation was initiated.

Walnut Partner Desk

Walnut Partner Desk

Detected in Native Range

Thousand cankers was first thought to be only a problem outside of the American black walnut’s native range. It was first detected in Arizona and then spread in the west. However, the walnut twig beetle and trees dying of thousand cankers have now been detected in Tennessee. The spread of this disease through American black walnut’s native range could prove devastating to this particular species.

About Ash

Ash is excellent for woodworking. The light colored wood accepts stain readily while still allowing its attractive straight grain to remain prominent. This hardwood is useful for crafting furniture, flooring and cabinetry. It is also commonly used to craft baseball bats. There are many different species of ash and they are widely distributed throughout the United States.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer poses a serious threat to ash in the United States. It is suspected that it was introduced to the Unites States from Asia on shipping material. The adults eat ash leaves and cause minimal damage to the tree. It is the larvae that mature under the bark that causes the flow of nutrients and water to be disrupted and will eventually girdle and kill the tree. The first infestation was discovered in Michigan in 2002 and has since spread

Adult Emerald Ash Borer feeding on leaves.

Adult emerald ash borer feeding on leaves.

throughout the midwest and east devastating vast populations of ash trees. It was first detected in Colorado in 2013. Expensive single-tree treatments are available to kill emerald ash borer, but this is not a viable means to stop the spread of this insect. Research is still being conducted and quarantines have been imposed to try to prevent the spread of this blight.

Continued Use

The good news is that trees that die as a result of thousand cankers or emerald ash borer are still viable for woodworking purposes. Because the cankers and the larvae cause damage between the outer bark and the inner heartwood, the appearance of the lumber is not altered by the disease. However, many states and regions have placed restrictions on the movement of walnut and ash in an attempt to contain the blights. Lumber often must be milled and dried before transportation. As the diseases progress it will be increasingly important to use local American black walnut and ash, as well as reclaimed materials.

Reclaimed Chestnut Custom Cabinetry

Reclaimed Chestnut Custom Cabinetry

Many trees have suffered from blights including pine beetles and chestnut blight. At T. Scholl Fine Woodworks we pride ourselves on finding ways to work with salvaged and reclaimed materials so that these valuable resources are not simply lost.




Photo (Top): “Thousand Cankers Disease” by Jeffery Beall 

Photo (Mid): “Adult Flash Feeding” by U.S. Department of Agriculture


“Juglans nigra” Wikipedia

“Questions and Answers about Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut” 

Why Find Us on Houzz?

Todd Scholl in Fairplay, CO on Houzz

T. Scholl Fine Woodworks recently reached a thousand saves on Houzz. This means photos of our custom cabinetry and hand crafted furniture have been saved by Houzz users a thousand times. It is a special honor to know that so many people are interested in our craftsmanship.

Have you found T. Scholl Fine Woodworks on Houzz yet? You may be wondering why should you consider finding us on Houzz.

When you check us out on Houzz you can view many of our projects and save your favorite pictures of various styles of furniture or features in custom cabinetry. Then, communicate directly with us about the designs you love and what you hope to see in your kitchen or heirloom piece. You can also read reviews written by clients we have worked with.

Houzz is just one way to connect with T. Scholl Fine Woodworks. You can like us on Facebook, fill out our contact form on the website, or just give us a call, 719.836.2965
We look forward to talking with you about your upcoming custom cabinetry project or wish list for  handcrafted furniture.

The Significance of Turquise

One of the challenges and joys of working with natural materials are the unique imperfections that each piece of wood brings to the furniture piece. These are the marks of the natural world that these materials belong to. A craftsman can either work to hide these blemishes or highlight their beauty. Each piece and each situation calls for a different approach.


Turquoise InlayAt T. Scholl Fine Woodworks, one way Todd highlights these natural imperfections is by inlaying them with turquoise. This small embellishment adds just a touch of unique character to the piece and brings elegance to a detail that would have otherwise been considered a blemish.


Turquoise is a stone with a long tradition. It was used in ancient Persian, Egyptian, and Chinese cultures. However, in the United States, we most commonly associate turquoise with Native American traditions. Turquoise is mentioned in many different Native American creation stories. In many traditions it is closely connected with ideas of protection and power. The Navajo are particularly famous for crafting turquoise into beautiful jewelry using excellent silversmithing skills.

VOC-free-organic-plant-based-finishTurquoise is also often associated with the sky and water. Because of these elemental connections, it is ideal for natural or rustic decor. Turquoise has the power to transform something ordinary into something strong and beautiful.


“The Significance of Turquoise in Native American Culture” Turquoise Skies

Characteristics of Craftsman Style

Craftsman style was popularized around the beginning of the 20th century. The industrial age resulted in massed produced furniture that was inexpensive, but poorly constructed and designed. As a response, craftsman style, which emphasized quality made furniture, became a favored furniture style. Craftsman not only refers to a style of decor, but to a philosophy that believes form follows function. Well made pieces will be beautiful because of the elements that are required for quality construction.

Walnut Dining Table, Buffet and Chairs

The simple lines, and beautiful texture of the wood are indicative of craftsman style.


Gustav Stickley is often credited with the proliferation of craftsman style furniture in the United

States. He was particularly inspired by the British Arts and Crafts movement. In addition to crafting furniture, Stickley published a magazine called The Craftsman that brought to light the significance of expertly designed and finely crafted furniture.


Walnut Dining Table, Buffet and Chairs

Exposed dove-tails as decorative details are characteristic of craftsman style.

Craftsman furniture values simplicity and utility. The style often employs features, such as exposed dove-tails to display the beauty that comes with essentially functional elements of construction. Craftsman pieces are also constructed using natural materials and finished with oil and wax, which accentuates the charm of the wood grain. Brushed metals are often used for hardware. Inset drawers and cabinets display careful and precise construction. This style brings a sense of richness and warmth to a room. The sturdiness of the pieces also convey a sense of strength and longevity.

Versatile Design

These exposed dove tails are a unique detail that signify careful and sturdy craftsmanship.

These exposed dove-tails are a unique detail that signify careful and sturdy craftsmanship.

Ultimately, the basic details that accompany fine craftsmanship make this style so attractive. Simple lines and utilitarian design allow craftsman style furniture to fit in well with a variety of common decor styles. If you enjoy the natural beauty of wood and furniture that is built to last for generations, talk with T Scholl Fine Woodworks to discover how craftsman style can be used create the perfect piece of fine furniture for your home.


“American Craftsmen Style Defined” Arts & Crafts Style

“American Architecture: The Elements of Craftsman Style” Houzz

What is Book Matching?

Book matching is a term used in woodworking to describe two identical slabs of wood that are pieced together so that they mirror one another. It is called book matching because the technique gives the finished piece the appearance of an open book.

Book matching is often used when crafting fine instruments such as guitars and violins. It can also be used in furniture making. It is especially attractive when used for tables and desks, because the broad surfaces uniquely display the lines and patterns that result from book matching. Book matching demonstrates careful hand craftsmanship and results in stunning heirloom furniture.

This partner desk was crafted by book matching two live edge pieces of walnut. Notice how the book matching brings out the natural beauty found in the wood.

Book Matched Partner Desk

Book matching displays hand crafted quality.

Book Matched Walnut Desk

Book matching brings out the natural beauty of the walnut.