Almquist Lumber may be the only lumber yard that has a dedicated arts and craft gallery right in our store. We display and sell locally made furniture and woodcrafts, as well as other types of fine art. We are proud to support many local non-profits, and always welcome our customers' canines into our dog-friendly establishment.
Our current display includes watercolor paintings by local artist Lauren Lester. In her own words, "I grew up in remote mountains far from distractions of neighbors and electricity. I found peace and meaning in nature. My childhood experiences formed me. Being in nature slows life down for me, whether I’m alone or with family and friends. I am most happy hiking and swimming in wild waters wherever I can find them. There I find a sense of belonging and place. In the scenery, I look for inspiration for rainy day painting.
Painting landscapes connects me to our natural world. I smile with the memory of smell, sights and sounds of favorite places. Watercolor is my medium of choice celebrating light and movement. I have three daughters and a loving husband with whom I’ve shared much joyful times in these landscapes. Once home, I paint from my own photographs. I aspire to encourage others to seek their own adventures and find their own special places."
Here is an example of the work on display.
We were happy to help our woodworking customers Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor start their chocolate factory here at Almquist Lumber. The smell of chocolate blending with our usual wood aromas was quite pleasant. Dick Taylor Chocolate's operation quickly spread into various corners of the lumber yard, and finally had to move on to their own space in Eureka.
Since the chocolate factory moved on, we have a certified commercial kitchen for rent. If you have a business in need of a nice space with guaranteed foot traffic, please call 707.825.8880 for details.
We also have a winery in the back of the yard, sharing space with our milling department. Another customer, building contractor Kevin Patskowsky, is now making his Heart's Leap Wine here. Check with us for the next opportunity for a tasting.