About Gum Creek

Handmade quality. | Family owned. | Texas woods. | Custom projects.

Our Story
Our Story
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Our Story

Gum Creek was founded in 2011. We are a small family-run business located in Ben Wheeler, Texas.

Shaun Crook is our Head Lumberjack. Shaun has a Bachelors in Forestry and a Masters in Forestry Wildlife Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. Shaun is a very educated Lumberjack. He finds the trees, selectively harvests them, mills, kiln dries them and then creates! From the forest to the home there is nothing this Lumberjack can’t handle!

Laura Crook is Gum Creek’s resident Lumberjack-of-all-trades. Laura also graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelors in Forestry Business Management and a Masters in Spatial Science. Laura spends her days managing the details of Gum Creek, their two lumberjacks in training (Nicole and Ethan), two dogs and a cat who thinks she’s a dog, all while creating and designing new products.

Gum Creek individually builds every board with wood milled from native Texas trees. We pride ourselves on our superior quality and our attention to the finest details. With proper care, our boards will last for generations.

We can custom build a board for you, with material you select. We can also custom engrave that board with our laser engraver, for a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Each board comes to our customers having been hand sanded and finished with a blend of bee’s wax and mineral oil. When you buy a board from Gum Creek, you have in your hands a board that is ready to use.

At Gum Creek, we believe that our wood resources should be creatively and thoughtfully used with minimal waste. Gum Creek undertakes every custom project with an eye toward not letting any wood go to waste that could otherwise be useful in a project. We curate most of our raw wood from well-managed forests.

However, we occasionally have the pleasure of carefully selecting lumber otherwise destined to be destroyed as disaster area waste. In a disaster relief situation, we truly strive to make beauty from ashes. Our customers appreciate our approach to conservation, and they love the results. We trust you will too.

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