The main advantage that Western Juniper has over other woods used in making rustic furniture is that each juniper lamp or table can be easily different from one another because of the unusual character of the wood. The pieces of wood in making juniper lamps, for example, can be very twisty, and you can make a dozen twisty juniper lamps, but they can all still look very different from one another.
One of the nice things about selling the raw juniper wood to other furniture makers is that I can do it at a price that benefits not just both of us, but their customer too. This is especially the case when somebody purchases them in quantities of 20 branches or more.
Why do I say this? Because, look at my wholesale price list and you will see a big difference in price between purchasing 5 branches at $89 each versus buying 20 branches at $56. And, what is not well known or easily understood by most people is that the shipping cost to ship 20 branches is not a whole lot more than the shipping cost for 5 and especially 10 branches.
Shipping to a business address can lower the shipping costs considerably too. Shipping companies charge by the amount of weight in a cubic foot and how much space that weight in a cubic foot takes up. I will talk more about shipping when I have my page created.
One of my favorite things to make are juniper tables. Sometimes I don’t even have to do much work. I can remember on many occaisions when I’m out wood hunting and I suddenly stop and see a coffeet table shaped piece of juniper wood growing in the tree. In a situation like this it’s just a matter of removing the bark after bringing it back to my shop. After it dries enough I then level the top and bottom, do a little bit if sanding and then apply the finish. Tables like this should have a half inch thick piece of glass for the top. Wooden tops hide the character of what’s underneath.