White River Hardwoods-Woodworks History
Founded by Bruce and Joan Johnson in the mid-1970s when the typical American home was finished with simple mouldings that did little to enhance their beauty, style or comfort, White River Hardwoods created a product line of traditional hardwood mouldings that launched the market for decorative millwork. Their stain-grade Poplar and Red Oak mouldings based on classical rules of balance and proportion were a refreshing deviation from the paint-grade softwoods that had dominated the market for decades. Building on their success, the Johnsons soon added embossed hardwood mouldings and medium density fiberboard (MDF) to the product line.
White River's market share grew steadily throughout the 1980's as architects, designers and consumers were once again recognizing the legacy of ornament. This inspired Bruce and Joan to resurrect and enhance their product line with even more traditional European design elements. The 1990's saw White River expand into the market in 27 countries.
Armed with new design ideas and technology new to the building materials industry, White River took the next pioneering step - embellished, high-relief mouldings. The introduction of Mon Reale® (Italian for "Royal Mountain") mouldings was a breakthrough that allowed architects, interior designers and builders to elaborate the functional elements of a home or office to create rich, traditionally inspired interiors at a reasonable cost. A complete line of architectural details - Authentic Hand-Carved® Woodcarvings - each hand-carved by master woodcarvers soon followed and …were an instant success. In the late 1990's White River entered the Kitchen & Bath industry and today stands on the brink of launching an entire new product line dedicated to the cabinet furniture and adornment market. With custom design and species quotes available White River Hardwoods has truly become the OneSource and the industry's leading resource for interior architectural millwork.
Over the past quarter century, White River Hardwoods has created a Renaissance in Embellished Architectural Millwork and a New American Style in Interior Design. Our Mon Reale® Sculptured Hardwood Mouldings were the first of their kind in the industry, setting the standard for Beauty, Quality, Value and Ease of Installation.
White River's Mouldings and Authentic Hand-Carved® Woodcarvings allow today's Builder, Architect, Interior Designer or Homeowner to confidently create a level of elegance that rivals the finest Classical Architecture of Europe. Other White River innovations include:
- Worldwide Two-Step Distribution with Quality Stocking Distributors
- Cast-Resin Mouldings for curve work; Reviving the Lost Art of Moulding the Curve
- Plaster Medallions and Niches that complement our Hardwood Millwork
- MetalWood™ and MarbleWood®: Factory-applied Real-Metal and Faux-Marble/Granite finishes
- All products shown are in-stock ready to ship to your job today
Certified by the American Institute of Architects to offer Continuing Education credits to its members, White River leads the industry in millwork and design education. Our educational resources also include;
- The 144-page, full-color RedBook Volume III Catalog and Design Guide
- The 24-page Design Handbook, which illustrates a broad array of period styles and designs in rendered drawings.
- The CAD CD offering the complete collection of Mouldings and Carvings in .DWG formats for Computer Aided Design. DXF format available upon request; also downloadable from our website.
Our wide selection of Mouldings and Woodcarvings has established White River as your One Source for Architectural Millwork, Traditional, Ornamentally Embossed and Mon Reale®. Mouldings are in-stock in Poplar, with many Traditional and Embossed profiles also in-stock in Red Oak. Other species are available with reasonable lead times.
- Poplar and Red Oak are domestic, renewable resources
- White River uses high-quality kiln-dried hardwoods graded to NHLA standards.
- All lumber is FAS grade, 6-8% moisture content and meets or exceeds AWI specifications.
The complete line of 250 Authentic Hand-Carved® Woodcarvings is available in Lindenwood, with 220 designs In-Stock in Cherry and Maple. Custom moulding species and designs, as well as carvings, are available by quote to meet the most exacting design parameters.
we have provided great products and excellent customer service the old fashioned way! Continuing this core tradition, we are pleased to now offer a convenient way to preview, research, compare and purchase products online... at your convenience.
Decorative Millwork Products is the first and only online one stop source to for designers, architects, builders, and homeowners to purchase the entire line of White River Hardwoods - Woodworks products.
We are your OneSource for Traditional & Embellished Hardwood Mouldings, Hand-Carved Woodcarvings, Hand-Carved Full-Surround Mantels, Mantel Shelves, and Cabinetry and Furniture adornments. We offer quality products and continue to strive to be "best in class" for exceptional customer service. We proudly carry the entire line of White River mouldings which are machined precision from clear kiln-dried hardwoods and are available in long lengths. White River mouldings easily install using standard tools and are a "known" product to finish.
All mouldings shown are readily available In-Stock in Poplar for prompt shipment. Red Oak mouldings are In-Stock in 140 selected profiles. Manufactured in the United States. Customer-paid "Express Drop Ship" is also available to the jobsite for design modifications and inventory control.
All our mouldings are available in Resin for curve work. Please feel free to call us with any technical questions and we will be glad to help. We can ship worldwide.