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We are a family of farmers and woodcrafters, having
over twenty years experience working with aromatic eastern red cedar (juniperous
virginiana) here in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Although we produce berries and
garden fresh vegetables, it is the hand crafted aromatic red cedar chests that
we are most proud of offering.
Our work starts with logs harvested from nearby
forests and sawed on our environmentally friendly bandmill. Every scrap of
these logs is utilized, from the slabs and sawdust to the planer shavings and
scrap blocks. Nothing in this gift from nature is wasted.
For the past twenty years, until the advent of this
website, our products have been offered only at the Carrboro-Chapel Hill
Farmer's Market. Over the years, word of our quality chests have spread to
distant places and it is not uncommon for people to visit the market from afar
to purchase our chests.
Now the eldest Graham son, Louis, has taken over the
production of chests and the elder keeps the tools and machines sharpened and
in good order. Over the years, the Graham children, including Louis, have
developed a rewarding little industry from cedar by-products. Enough to cover
their high school and college expenses. All the cedar planer shavings and
scrap blocks are bagged in hosiery materials and retailed in the farmer's
market as sachets to act as insect repellents. Even the sawdust is sold as
incense and for ant repellent in mulches.
Our family is happy to learn of the recent studies
and findings of certain colleges and universities regarding the natural
insecticide properties of aromatic red cedar. What the old folks have known
for generations is now being scientifically verified.