Blue Ox Millworks, Historic Park, and School of Traditional Arts

Photo: The Historic Carson Mansion - Eureka, CA
Blue Ox Provided: Custom Exterior Moldings

The historic Carson Mansion - Eureka, CA
Blue Ox History

"Evolution of an American Dream"
Victorian Homes Magazine - 2006

This in-depth and thoughtful article describes not only the history of how Blue Ox got started, but also some of Eric’s key philosophies on craftsmanship and being passionate about your work.

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"New Kid on the Block"
Victorian Homes Magazine - 2005

A stunning new local Victorian that we provided millwork for is featured in this article. Eric designed the exterior decorative moldings and we ran 4,000 board feet of moldings for the interior of the house.

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"A Working Victorian Museum"
Country Folk Art Magazine - 1998

Marcia Battelle Reed, the writer of this article, came to visit us as part of group of travel writers. She got lots of great pictures of the millwork as well as pictures of the oxen when they were young.

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"The Wizard of Wood"
Northern California Home and Garden - 1990

In the photo Eric is holding one of many decorative carvings we did for the restoration of the historic Simpson Vance House here in Eureka.

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"Porch Primer: Wood & Water"
Victorian Homes Magazine - 2011

In this article, Eric shares his expertise in preparing a porch to withstand the test of time, and the secrets of controlling water flow to protect your woodwork. This is Eric's first written contribution to Victorian Homes Magazine, rather than being the subject of an article


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"The Blue Ox - Making History Come Alive"
Popular Woodworking

This nice article in Popular Woodworking was actually submitted by a freelance author living in Eureka. It goes in depth about several of the machines used at Blue Ox and has some very nice photos of two custom trolleys that we built.

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"Redwood Classroom"
American Heritage Magazine - April 1998

The writer for this prestigious magazine was told by many local people that she needed to come see us. At first she didn’t let us know that she was a writer, but then as Eric continued his introduction, she let the secret out of the bag.

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Japanese Gazebo
Kamisu International Friendship Association

This article, written in Japanese, is about the building of a commemorative gazebo for Eureka's sister city in Japan. The Gazebo featured some beautifully decorative hand-carved newel posts, and can be seen on our special projects page.


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"Miller Turns Junk Into Gold"
Woodworker's Business News - July 1993

This early article talks about the beginnings of Blue Ox Millworks and focuses on ways that our operation salvaged and reused antique equipment.


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