We are a supplier of hand-peeled poles
and timbers that range in length from 2 feet to 50 feet
and in diameter from 2 inches to 36 inches. The quality
of our poles is exceptional. They are smooth to the
touch and offer a safe and beautiful alternative to
machined peeled poles.
poles are peeled in a number of traditional methods,
the more common being the early American practice utilizing
the drawknife. This leaves the pole clean to look at
and smooth to touch.
Another method we use of debarking the
tree utilizes the spud to separate the bark from the
tree. This allows the true nature of the pole to be
expressed, revealing the subtle texturing of knots and
grain. These are in turn hand washed to bring out the
natural beauty. We also handcraft timbers with an adz
and scorp to create rustic beams.
note about log drying:
Most of the logs peeled and processed at Geronimo Poles
are harvested from dry, dead standing Lodgepole Pine
found in the higher elevations of the Sierra Mountains.
After years of curing in the dry air the timbers become
stable and structurally sound. The "checks"
you notice in a log are the result of a natural process
as the wood releases moisture. Checking occurs across
and through the annual growth rings of a log. Checking
does not affect the structural integrity of the wood
but instead adds character and naturalness.