Tree of Life Woodworks, LLC

Tree of Life Woodworks, LLC


Love the Classes idea!!!
David, thanks for taking the time to talk to me this morning and for planing that pine for me! Check out some of my projects from my photo page, Jim
ok. i clicked that i like you...and your woodwork. does that mean it's for real now?
What beautiful work! Someday I want you to make me a big table and then I can have you over for a delicious meal.
David, I watched the video, read the articles then I cried! I am so very proud of you! I suggested your page to ALL my friends! I wish you gratification, joy & success, you deserve it!

Specializing in custom furniture made from locally grown and milled hardwoods.

Tree of Life Woodworks, owned and operated by David Nestler in Sylva, North Carolina, produces hand-crafted custom furniture with an exceptional level of craftsmanship. Using only the finest of local hardwoods, each piece is made with the quality and attention to detail one expects in a family heirloom. Each one of our pieces comes with a signed lifetime warranty that is still valid even when the piece is handed down to the next generation.

Timeline photos 02/18/2013

Just Completed: Black Walnut Component Stand with adjustable shelves

Timeline photos 12/09/2012

American Chestnut base for a kitchen island. About to install the door and drawer pulls

Timeline photos 10/18/2012

Work in progress. This is an American Chestnut and Cherry kitchen island. I'll keep posting photos along the way.

Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony? - videos - Fine Woodworking 06/23/2012

Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony? - videos - Fine Woodworking

This video explains a good part of why we only use locally harvested lumber. Even though the author is a hypocrite, he does a great job of explaining why not to use these exotic woods.

Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony? - videos - Fine Woodworking I stumbled across this video while reading the woodworking subreddit on reddit. Bob Taylor, a co-founder of Taylor Guitars, provides a unique perspective on the availability of ebony and explains what role he has in providing it to instrument makers. It's not clear if this is where our ebony comes f...

Timeline photos 04/27/2012

Timeline photos

Black Walnut Trestle table 04/25/2012

Black Walnut Trestle table

Featuring a bookmatched top. Lumber for this table came from Greens Creek in Sylva

Milling of Black Walnut 01/25/2012

This large black walnut tree came from Fisher Creek here in Sylva.

Cherry Table 12/15/2011

Cherry Table

Cherry Table Making of a Natural Edge Cherry Coffee Table



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Fischer Chests 09/16/2011

This is a blanket chest (one of a pair) that was made with the leftover walnut flooring from the clients home. I used their walnut for each of the sixteen panels that make up the two chests as well as for their lids. The rest is walnut from Bicentennial Park

TV Stand 06/27/2011

TV Stand

Table For Jackson County Library 03/22/2011

This table is being donated to the Jackson County Library and is built entirely from the Walnut that was cut down in Bicentennial Park.

Cherry Tree Milling 03/22/2011

Cherry Tree Milling

This is the milling process for a magnificent Cherry Tree from 2nd Avenue in Sylva. The lumber will be available for use in May.

TuckReader auctions handmade end tables to benefit Pinnacle Park 03/04/2011

TuckReader auctions handmade end tables to benefit Pinnacle Park

TuckReader auctions handmade end tables to benefit Pinnacle Park SYLVA –– TuckReader is teaming up with Tree of Life Woodworks to raise money for the Pinnacle Park Foundation by offering two handmade end tables, constructed from walnut and silver maple rescued from the Bicentennial Garden in Sylva. David Nestler, local woodworker, recently got his hands on lumber

Black Walnut and Silver Maple End Tables 02/25/2011

Black Walnut and Silver Maple End Tables

The Making of a Coffee Table 01/27/2011

The Making of a Coffee Table

Bicentennial Park Lumber Milling 01/17/2011

Photos of the Black Walnut from Bicentennial Park in Sylva, NC getting milled at Eddie Queen's sawmill in the Little Canada community of Jackson County, NC.

First Look: Sylva trees won’t go up in smoke 01/16/2011

First Look: Sylva trees won’t go up in smoke

First Look: Sylva trees won’t go up in smoke In late November, three giant trees were felled in the Jackson County Bicentennial Garden, located a few hundred yards from the historic Court House. The silver maple, black walnut, and Norway spruce were felled at the same time, but for different reasons, according to Peggy Hurt of the Sylva Garden


Coming Soon: Furniture from Sylva's Bicentennial Park's Silver Maple and Black Walnut. Visit my website ( for the full story.

Furniture Gallery 01/14/2011

A Collection of Completed Works

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Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

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