June 24, 2019

New business brings passion for premium wood

The Tree House staff (from left) Jeremy Ravelin, Lucas Jenson and Carl Farnsworth hold a slab or black walnut.  (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

The Tree House staff (from left) Jeremy Ravelin, Lucas Jenson and Carl Farnsworth hold a slab or black walnut.
(Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
A group of passionate woodworkers has set up a new shop for their fellow enthusiasts.
The Tree House provides materials and custom mill work for professional woodworkers, as well as hobbyists.
“I look at this business as an enabler for all of the talented craftsmen out there, whether they are basement weekend warrior types or professional woodworkers,” said owner and Williston resident Lucas Jenson. “We are here to support them with materials that are easily accessible at fair prices, with great service, as well as knowledge and passion.”
The Tree House sells both native and exotic high-end hardwood lumber, hardwood plywood and live-edge slabs.
“These are basically cross-sections of trees,” Jenson said. “They go from one edge of the bark to the other. They are big pieces with a lot of character…. They make beautiful tables and benches. They’re really unique, signature pieces.”
The retail shop, located on Route 2A behind Enterprise Rent-a-Car in South Burlington, opened Dec. 1. Soon, Jenson and his coworkers plan to open a mill shop, selling higher-end finished cabinetry and pieces, as well as offering custom work.
While Jenson doesn’t envision creating finished furniture pieces, they can custom-mill countertops, trim work and more—giving woodworkers a head start on their projects.
Jenson teamed up with Jeremy Ravelin and Carl Farnsworth, longtime industry insiders.
“Jeremy runs the mill shop,” Jenson said. “He’s a very accomplished woodworker. Jeremy’s passion really lies with working with hand tools.”
“Carl has worked in the lumber industry for 20 years,” Jenson said, “He has great experience.”
Jenson, a New Hampshire native, took a class on furniture building and cabinetry after college.
“I really fell in love with woodworking,” Jenson said. “My father is a lifelong do-it-yourselfer, so it’s sort of in my blood.”
So, he bought a table saw—which he stored in the dining room of his apartment and dragged onto the deck for projects.
He and his wife moved to Burlington, then Williston, where he worked in marketing until decided to get out from behind a desk and back into woodworking. He ran a construction company for nearly 10 years before opening The Tree House.
“I’m really excited about this and the opportunity to get back in touch with what I loved about working with wood—finished carpentry and cabinetry, furniture building, the really nice stuff, not the bones behind the wall,” Jenson said.
Jenson encouraged anyone with an interest in wood to stop by.
“We have a large inventory of high quality products, we have a skilled knowledgeable, passionate and friendly staff, reasonable prices, and we also offer unique items that you can’t get anywhere else,” he said. “We like to consider ourselves a destination for craftspeople, and we’re here to help.”
The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop is located at 1891 Williston Road, Suite 3. For more information, visit www.treehousehardwoods.com or call 497-3530.

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