A Visit from Budding Woodworkers

March 19, 2018

In our neverending quest to inspire younger generations to the virtues of creating with wood, we recently welcomed Design Technology students from Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins for a tour of our Airpark facility.

They explored the production floor and had a chance to see our precision saws and moulders in action.

We thank these budding woodworkers, and their teacher Owen Murphy who arranged the visit, for coming to learn about wood and techology used to create wood compononents for building construction.

We encourage other teachers and their students to visit. To arrange a tour of our Airpark Dr. and/or Riverside Ave. facilities, please contact Carl Herrmann at 970-482-0222.


Local Fort Collins Lumber Provides Custom Butcher Block Countertops

March 12, 2018

Kitchen design is one of the biggest selling points for homes when on the real estate market and something individuals love to often modify within their own dwellings. While counter top space, storage, shelving, cabinets, and appliances all have an impact on the impression a kitchen can make, adding your own touch is key to enjoying the full experience. Often individuals will seek to modify or change their kitchen once into a new property and these modifications can make all the difference in providing a good space for future family gatherings and plenty of enjoyable time spent together gathering around the table.

For those who enjoy cooking regularly, having a kitchen that not only creates a sense of beauty but is also practical is vitally important. One of the major selling points for those who like to prepare their own meals, whether novice or professional, is a suitable cutting board or useful butcher block. Each of these two components not only can be the focal point of a kitchen but also serve an extremely important purpose while providing a sense of stability to the setting within a modern kitchen - tying the past to the present while maintaining a sincere functionality.

Both regular and custom cutting boards or butcher block countertops will immediately become focal points for your kitchen while maintaining their useful purpose. For the use of each there are three things to consider before implementing the installation of either into a home or commercial kitchen. These include the following areas of design style or type, which is the best fit for your particular kitchen. Purpose, the usefulness of each type of cutting board or entire countertop and finally, the care required for each.

Countertop Design

There are typically two different installations to consider when wanting to employ the services of a cutting board, butcher block, or countertop into a kitchen. These include either stand alone cutting boards which can be stored either on top of the existing counter, permanently accessible, or in a drawer or other area out of sight until needed. The other is a built in cutting board or butcher block which can either take the form of a small section from the existing countertop, an entire counter, or potentially a kitchen island.

Deciding on which works best for your particular situation depends on your intended use of the product over time. If you are regularly cutting meat, fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients then a permanent countertop butcher block or cutting board may be in your best interest. However, if you are more akin to the occasional uses, a singular model that can be accessed when needed and then stored away could be your best bet.

Both wood and butcher block kitchen countertops can immediately improve the look of your kitchen while providing a suitable space for food preparation. The choices are almost limitless and designs can be customized to fit exactly what you are looking for both from a usefulness and practical standpoint.

Purpose and Practicality

The usefulness of both customized cutting boards and wooden or butcher block countertops is obvious. Each allows for food preparation without causing damage to the existing countertop surfaces with a safe alternative through the wooden design. Whether you are interested in taking a small corner of your existing countertop space in the kitchen or installing an entire butcher block island, each serves a unique and useful purpose.

Depending on expected level of use, the decision of whether to install an entire countertop, island, or removable cutting board can easily be determined. Extended and repetitive use can be taken care of with the installation of a more permanent fixture. These also allow for particularly easy clean up when needed after use.

Placement of the board or installation of a countertop can also be focused on intended use. For instance, if you know meat or other ingredients will need to be cut and then placed into a pot, pan, or baking dish on the stove or in the oven - putting the board or countertop next to the appliance can be beneficial while allowing a smooth transition from preparation to performance. This allows for not only an increased focal point in an area but also a practicality and unmatched usefulness of implementation.

Care and Considerations

Finally, the care of both cutting boards and wooden countertops is a bit unique as opposed to most other regularly used, traditional, countertop surfaces. While the extra conditioning is somewhat more than is required of the other countertop materials, application of an oil or conditioner on occasion for the return received from a wooden food prep surface is an easy trade off and not something that requires any amount of extensive labor or consideration.

A simple conditioning and care oil can typically be applied occasionally, depending on the amount in which the surface is used. Cleaning and oiling butcher blocks for use in the kitchen will be related to the amount used and a food safe conditioning should always be applied. These surfaces are often in contact with food and especially when using wooden cutting boards or butcher blocks should be taken care of appropriately.

For decades, Sears Trostel has served our community with quality and integrity providing custom wooden countertops and John Boos Blocks when and where applicable. We are proud to offer the best value without compromising quality or customer service. Our manufacturing processes allow for unrivaled flexibility in custom profiles, and our commitment to quality has earned us the trust of our customers through Colorado, Wyoming, and the surrounding areas. Feel free to contact us today with your needs or visit our retail sales and showroom located at 1500 Riverside Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado. For commercial and residential sales please call 970-482-1928 or for wholesale and manufacturing, 970-482-0222 or 800-950-1928 with any other general questions about our products and services. We can also be reached by email at Sales@sears-trostel.com as we look forward to showing you the effects quality beautiful natural woods can have.

Sears Trostel Photo Contest!

February 26, 2018

Show off your woodworking and photography skills for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card!

Submit a photo of a favorite woodworking, interior design or exterior project that you designed or created with wood and other products from Sears Trostel. We want to see our customers' creative uses for Blue Stain Pine, Reclaimed Products, Live-Edge Wood Slabs, Hardwood or Moulding! 

1st Prize is a $100 Sears Trostel Gift Card. The 2nd Place winner receives a $20 ST Gift Card, and 3rd Place wins a $10 ST Gift Card.

Enter today!

>> View the current entries

Contest Rules:
  • All photos should be of projects completed using wood and products from Sears Trostel
  • You may enter a maximum of two times and submit up to 3 photos each entry.
  • By submitting your photo(s), you are granting Sears Trostel Lumber & Millwork all rights to use the photo(s) in online marketing and other company marketing, including print advertising.  
  • Sears Trostel reserves the right to reject individual entries for any reason.
  • Entries may be submitted between February 26, 2018 and March 31, 2018 at 11:59pm MT.
  • Submissions must not contain or reference trademarks or logos, or advertise or promote any other brand or product of any kind, without permission, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses; or contain copyrighted materials owned by others.
  • A Sears Trostel employee panel will select the winner.

2018 Woodworking Show Winners

February 20, 2018

"Can You Fly" by 1st Place Winner, Brian Carroll

There’s so much woodworking talent in our community! Thanks to all the artisans who shared theirs in the Sears Trostel 15th Annual Woodworking Show, Sale & Competition last week, February 15-17.

We also thank our judges who took on the difficult task of picking the winners from many beautiful and technically-challenging entries — Sam Kin of Kin Woodworking, Joel Peggram from Baldwin Woodworking, and Larry J. Edwards, Ph.D., avid hobbyist woodworker.

While all the entries are winners in our eyes, these are the ones that won 1st through 6th Place prizes:

1st Place — Brian Carroll, “Can You Fly” sculpture in Juniper

2nd Place — Tom Abbott, “Game Table” in Walnut w/various woods

3rd Place — Ian Davis, “Lego Man” in Sapele, Black Walnut, Aspen & Ebony

4th Place — Larry McMillin, “Indigo Bunting” carving in Tapolo

5th Place — Marty Miller, “Bass Guitar 6 String Leap Frog” in Buckeye Burl, Alder, Maple, Purple Heart & Sapele

6th Place — Mark Brimingham, “Corner Dresser” in White Oak, Ipe & Ebony

If you weren’t able to make it to the show, you can still check out all the wonderful entries!
>>  See the 15th Annual Woodworking Show Gallery


Winter Demonstration Saturdays

February 19, 2018

Saturdays are a great time to stop by Sears Trostel and learn something new.

Ask questions and try products for yourself as our knowledgeable staff spends an hour each Saturday demonstrating tools, finishes, and discussing woodworking techniques — while building fun projects in the process. There’s a different topic each week.

Demonstration Saturdays are 9:30 - 10:30 am at our Riverside store. There’s no need to register and it’s FREE of charge. Come in and join us!

During the Winter series of Demonstration Saturdays from February 24 to March 31, we’ll go through the steps to build a piece, using a variety of Festool tools, woods and other products.


February 24 — Small Tool Crate/Carrier
March 3 —  6-Pack Carrier
March 10 — Cell Phone Charging Easel
March 17 — Message Board & Key Hanger
March 24 — Medicine Cabinet (wall-hanging) using the Kreg Jig system, including pocket screw jointery, hardware and concealed hinge jigs.
March 31 — Stains and Finishes. We’ll be applying General Finishes stains and finishes and discuss the differences between, and when to use, oil-based and water-based finishes/stains.

See you next Saturday!

Sears Trostel Lumber & Millwork
1500 Riverside Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524