Our History

The passion began in 1972.  Now, two generations of Metzger's are designing and crafting Burl Wood Art Furnishings.

Why American woods?

We respect the forest and believe in harvesting only downed trees or those who have outlived their usefulness. We are pleased to live in a country that protects its old growth forests. The old growth redwood we have is salvaged from stumps left after the cutting in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, or a naturally fallen tree., Cherry, oak, maple, buckeye, poplar, sycamore, and black walnut .slabs are available at the studio.

Stephen and Daniel Metzger - Burl Wood Craftsmen and Artists With over 40 years experience and a continuing passion for the beauty of finely burled wood Steve Metzger works his magic designing and crafting pieces of value for your home. What Steve began in Florida in 1972 is now a family business in Western North Carolina with his son Daniel Metzger and his wife, Janet.

Steve founded the business in Gainesville, FL then moved to San Francisco CA. High Sierra Gallery, on Fisherman’s Wharf displayed his finished product as well as art and antiques. The wood yard and studio in Petaluma, CA housed his exceptional burl finds. Using cranes, bulldozers and semis, he searched for burls of immense size and rare beauty. Steve designed and built a 16 foot chain saw to cut the burls into slabs and reveal the beautiful interior grain patterns.

An expert at identifying burl in raw form he amassed a large inventory. Choice burls were turned into finished product for his gallery. Below is a photo of a prized redwood birdseye burl 14 feet in diameter. Large numbers of slabs were shipped, by container load to artists world wide. One such artist customer of Steve’s, George Nakashima would visit the gallery and wood yard regularly, choosing pieces for his shop in New Hope, PA.

Steve and Janet have been adventurers since their marriage in 1989. Collecting art during their travels and endeavors they eventually established an antique gallery in Waynesville NC, specializing in period furniture and decorative arts and architecturals. Both appreciate beautiful woods and fine furniture design. Their son Daniel grew up surrounded by fine antique furniture. His sense of design and attention to finishing detail is apparent in his products. He and his father design and craft each piece. Learning his craft from Steve, they work side by side in every aspect of production. Daniel and Steve share knowledge, ideas and innovations.

Together they search for fine American woods. With a respect of for our forests they utilize woods that are downed or salvaged. Once cut into slabs the grain patterns are revealed. Furniture is designed to enhance the intricate burl patterns. Hand finishing further accentuates the grain. The hand crafted piece is now preserved for you and future generations to enjoy in your homes.

“Nature provides us with Woods of Beauty. We Preserve, Protect and Accentuate those Gifts.” Please take a look at the exceptional "Phoenix Oak" We named it because of the fire scar in the base. The Oak tree is a recent acquisition. Over 6 feet in diameter and entirely burled this tree died naturally and is now at the studio and ready to slab. Shows and Exhibits:

  • Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
  • Haywood Arts Council, Internationl Festival Art Show. (first place)
  • Mount Dora Art Festival
  • Fernadina Beach Festival
  • Mount Dora Spring Festival
  • Swanson Gallery
  • Hansen Gallery
  • Nashville, TN
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Blowing Rock, NC

From Nature to Furniture

Mother Nature begins the process and our team completes the finishing steps

Step 1: Mother Natures Artistic Design 

What's a Burl? And, why so rare and beautiful? Burls are abnormal growths on a tree. It is a disruption of the normal cellular growth. A reaction to a stress on the tree. That can be a physical, environmental or invasive stress. The burl is fast growing and presents itself as a bump on the side of the tree. These rare woods have swirled, curly or striped grain patterns. Sought after by artist for their dramatic figure.

Step 2: Even the Mighty Fall

Even though they are the most desired and rare, time still plays its role in the lifespan. A large and finely figured burl does not go un-noticed once it has fallen. We are always welcoming new finely figured woods on our property. We deal in finely figured American woods. California Redwood, Claro and Black Walnut, East and West Coast Maple, Red and White Oak, Cherry, Sycamore and other locally sourced woods.

Step 3: The Work Begins

Once Mother Nature is done with its masterpiece the fun begins. We have multiple forms of transporting a burl depending on its size and weight. Our team then proceeds with adequate transportation to deliver the gorgeous tree to our property for its journey into LIVE EDGE ART.

Step 4: Whatever Means Necessary 

Our team at Burl Gallery work with many local and country wide tree harvesting companies. You never know when or where a large burl may make its' home. We strive for the best Live Edge Burl specimens available. In order to achieve this it is necessary for us to go nationwide wide in our search for Burl.

Step 5: Patience is a Vertue

Live Edge furniture gets its name from the fact that it had a "heartbeat" through Mother Nature at one time. A burl fulfilled its life as a beautiful tree and begins its life as a Live Edge piece of furniture or art. It is essential to air dry wood in many forms of integrity (whole or milled) Once a tree has gotten past its shock stage we then begin the long process of tree to slab!

Step 6: Unveiling Mother Natures Art as a Live Edge Slab

Beautiful large burl logs are studied and positioned for the perfect cut. Ah! the drama that is released when the grain is revealed. Slab after slab are carefully cut from the old trees.

Step 7: Title Of The Step

Our yard is always full of precisely stacked slabs. We band our slabs with the rest of the tree. Dried together, these slabs can become book matched tables and art for your home

Step 8: Dramatic color and grain in each slab

Here is an example of the drama in a cut slab. High figure and colorful burl are the norm at our studio..

Step 9: Art for your home

One of a kind art furniture. Each piece is a rarity in nature. It is prepared to grace your home. "Nature Provides us with Wood of Beauty, We Preserve, Protect and Accentuate those Gifts" Enjoy our Art,,  The Metzgers

Our Team

Artists, Craftsmen, Botanists We all love Burl

Two generations of Metzgers, source, design and craft burl. We are fortunate to have talented craftsmen working with us. It is our pleasure to coordinate efforts as a team. The focus is on the end product as an art piece.

Steve and Daniel are talented in many ways. Yes, they design furniture and craft wood. They also form metal, build saws, engineer the productions studio, and maintain the mechanics of it all. Some say they are renaissance men.. talented in all fields of the business. They can "read" wood to k now if it is highly figured. The talents go beyond just the day to day of the business. Photography, is in the blood. Steve was a videographer with National Geographic and produced documentaries. Underwater is a specialty of his. Daniel is an expert fisherman. We love the blue water, diving snorkeling, fishing and photography. /p>