Welcome to redwood burl country, where artisans and craftspeople are turning knotty local wood to create wild and wonderful things.

Korbly Wood Products

Since the early '70s, Bernie Korbly's been turning out gorgeous wooden bowls on a vintage lathe. You'll recognize him — he's the guy in the San Francisco Giants ball cap sprinkled with sawdust. Korbly loves his work and that fact is reflected in the time and care he gives to each project. In addition to gorgeous bowls and boxes made from his favorite curly woods, Korbly is known internationally for his burl wood slab tables. A perfectionist, he cures each slab in a kiln for up to four years — to get the desired moisture content and prevent cracking — before lovingly finishing each piece.

6868 Avenue of the Giants
Miranda, CA

click to enlarge California Native Woods. - DREW HYLAND
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California Native Woods

This shop in the Northern Humboldt town of Orick carries handcrafted, original pieces produced by local artisans from a number of different types of wood. (Look for the carved wood Statue of Liberty out front.) If you're a do-it-yourself type, this is where you can select an unfinished burl table top and pair it with a gnarly base. We loved the mortar and pestle and the hand carved spoons, among other things. It's also the place to pick up a live redwood burl you can grow indoors in water, and, if you're lucky, you may find a woodworker on site turning out a one-of-a kind beauty.

120069 S. Highway 101
Orick, CA

The Legend of Bigfoot

Just south of Garberville as the road starts to narrow, you can't miss the huge Bigfoot carving surrounded by colorful life-size storybook characters. (Vacation photo ops abound!) The Carlson family has owned the surrounding land and the business for generations and most of the redwood yard art and other merchandise is gathered from local woodworkers and craftspeople. Reindeer, carved bears, redwood tree plaques, peacocks and mushrooms are just a few of the pieces displayed outside. Inside The Legend of Bigfoot store you'll find an incredible collection of Sasquatch reading material (who knew?), along with magnets, clothing, jewelry, hats and more.

2500 U.S. 101
Garberville, CA

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