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Fall Weather

October 4th, 2011 by Justin

Well we’ve turned the corner from Summer to Fall. The first real rain came yesterday, with the hassle that brings while trying to finish a floor without tracking mud and water all over the place. Luckily Erik and Tim are professionals.

With the new season comes the scramble to get projects done before worse weather, and also some planning for work to be done over the holidays. With any luck, we’ll be as busy as this summer, which would be welcome by all.

Monte Sereno Herringbone

April 21st, 2011 by Justin

Well it’s finally in! The Cumaru (Brazilian teak) herringbone pattern floor is nearly done. We installed the majority of the house months ago, but added the finishing touch with a beautiful pattern in the main room. The sanding came directly after, with the homeowner choosing a Royal Mahogany stain by Dura Seal. The pictures below are of the unfinished floor, with some of the finished product coming when we do the final coat in a few weeks.

Coconut Grove Home Show

April 7th, 2011 by Justin

Monte Sereno Herringbone

March 2nd, 2011 by Justin

Well we’re finally starting the Brazilian teak (Kumaru) herringbone floor for Doble and Son Construction in Monte Sereno. I have to give many thanks to Bobby Hulter, who put together the design in auto cad for me. I have a few skills, but I needed an engineering ninja, and Bob fit the bill.

We’re getting started on the job tomorrow, so it’ll be a bit before pictures of the finished product arrive, but when they get here, I think you’ll be impressed.

Alba Schoolhouse

January 6th, 2011 by Justin

Built in 1885, the Alba Schoolhouse has been a landmark of the San Lorenzo Valley for all of recent memory. Rich Livingston, the Operations Manager for Russell Hardwood Floors, used to wait for the school bus there in elementary school.

When we arrived to sand the floor, it was nearly black, and it was quite a project getting things looking good. However, in the end the old fir floor

Boulder Creek Remodel

December 16th, 2010 by Justin

The Russell Hardwood Floors crew recently installed a new select grade Red Oak floor in a house being remodeled for the client’s parents, who’ll be moving from the Windy City of Chicago to the much more temperate climate of the Santa Cruz mountains. Rich and Erik tackled the stairs together, and with a clear polyurethane finish, everything came out beautifully. The interior of the house is much improved by the warmth and beauty of the

Think Local First

December 9th, 2010 by Justin

Russell Hardwood Floors recently joined Think Local First Santa Cruz. If you haven’t heard of them, here’s a quote off their site:

“Our Mission

Think Local First – County of Santa Cruz is a network of independent and locally owned businesses and community organizations joining together to promote economic vitality and preserve the unique character of our community.”

The network is a great one, with many of the long standing businesses I grew up with as members. I attended an event at the KSCO radio station, and got the opportunity to talk about our company on air. People in the group do a great job of trying to support the local economy and community, and I took the

Job Well Done

October 11th, 2010 by Justin

The #1 Common Red Oak floor I mentioned last week is done, with a mixed stain of Coffee Brown and Spice Brown. The new


September 30th, 2010 by Justin

I went to work yesterday to sand a floor, and to my delight encountered #1 common red oak. It was one of my dad’s favorite flooring types, and I don’t see much of it these days, as most designers recommend select grade material now. The argument is that select is a better grade of flooring, but my dad always said, and I tend to agree, that #1 has much more character, and makes for a more interesting floor. We’re putting a stain on that floor this afternoon, and I’ll be posting some pictures as soon as it’s done.

Trade Show Fun

July 28th, 2010 by Justin

I attended a great show at the Galleher /Floor Service Supply Co facility in San Jose last week. Besides the expected and familiar faces of Randy and Larry from Galleher, I got to meet some great reps from other companies.

Michael Drinkard from the Crain Tool