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About the Workshop

The Crossroads Workshop is located in the edge of the South Carolina low-country. This area is home to black water swamps, Spanish moss, live oak trees and abandoned rice fields. Settling here took a readiness to work, ingenuity, and independence. The ability to work with wood was essential. These traits still find expression in its people today.

At the Crossroads Workshop, we strive to do quality work using time tested techniques and top-of-the-line materials. We typically use galvanized or stainless steel screws and bolts instead of nails. In special pieces mortise and tennon joints are standard. We handcraft and individually test each item right here. So each of them is unique. If you request something that is not already on the floor, expect to wait a few days.

Cypress is our wood of choice. Growing in the standing waters of the local swamps, it is as beautiful and distinctive on the inside as it is unique on the outside. Due to its slow growth, the rings are much closer together than soft-wood trees. This pattern makes cypress more energy efficient, and decreased shrinkage makes it more durable and stable. In its natural state, the wood is a pale honey color that features light streaks on a darker background. Unsealed it weathers to an even gray and will last for years in that state with minimal checking and warping. It retains paint and takes stain readily. Cypress also has a naturally occurring preservative called cypressine which provides a strong, natural resistance to decay and insect damage. This insures durability and longer life.

Many of our efforts can be found within this site. If what you are looking for is not shown please ask us about it. Our specialty is working with wood and not just building rockers or swings. We enjoy “different” types of requests. Because of skilled personnel and a well-equipped shop, few projects have ever been turned down. The chances are we will be able to help you.

  The Crossroads Workshop, Mayesville, South Carolina
Dabbs' Crossroads - Highways 378 & 527 (803) 495-2772 webmaster: webmaster@crossroadsworkshop.com