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May 29, 2016



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Atlanta-based Woodkith not only saves trees from landfills. It repurposes fallen trees into sculptural furniture and food boards that are both earthy and elegant.

The founders: Wayne Bedenbender (57), Shane Schoenith (34) and Hugh Hackney (71). The three men share a deep appreciation for trees and carpentry and bring their unique skill set, including timber experience, accounting and small business management, to the company.

The company: Woodkith is a multifamily, multigenerational business that repurposes windfall or yard trees into furniture and home accessories. Much of the finishing work is done in Atlanta. Wood is dried and stored at Schoenith’s family farm in Monticello.

What’s in a name: Kith from “kith and kin” represents the partners’ connection to family and friends.

The goods: A variety of wood pieces, all meant to be pieces where friends and family can gather. Pieces include live-edge, modern tables and food-safe serving boards.

Materials: Locally sourced wood from fallen trees or trees that must be taken down. Wood types include maple, cherry, black walnut, pecan, sycamore and magnolia.

What’s popular: Feast boards ($100 and up). Functional for entertaining as a cheese or charcuterie board and also beautiful for display in your home when not in use.

Other favorites: Plantation Boards ($500 an up) and pictured below. These larger (five to six feet) food-safe boards are sought after for catering and weddings.



Other favorites: The handmade Wood Preserve ($14 for a six-ounce jar. Custom live edge slab tables include occasional tables ($850 to $1,500) and dining ($3,000 to $10,000).

What’s new or next: A variety of home/kitchen items, including bar chopping boards, candlesticks and bread branches, which are long skinny boards made from tree branches.

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