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About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide high quality hardwood products to people that appreciate the character and diversity of one of God's finest natural products.

We believe the hardwoods of Wisconsin are among the most beautiful woods in the world and accent each other nicely when combined. Most of our wood originates in the urban and rural landscapes of southern Wisconsin. Our logs come from city lots as well as fence lines and woodlots too small to garner the interest of most commercial timber harvesters. Cutting our own wood provides lumber with greater character and allows us to track lumber from a single tree. In many cases, this allows us to incorporate natural log edges and other unusual pieces into finished furniture products and to better match color and grain patterns within a project.


Unofficially, The Wood Cycle goes back through several generations of Dutch immigrant craftsman. Paul Morrison, the founder of The Wood Cycle obtained his passion for woodworking as a young boy following both his grandfathers. One grandfather was a watch maker and jeweler before becoming a cabinetmaker. He in turn followed his uncle "Tinker Bill", who was described as "The Master Craftsman" in the book Craftsmen of Wisconsin.  To a large extent, the principals of The Wood Cycle are based on the practicality and ingenuity of these men; use the resources in your own back yard and the mind you’ve been blessed with, both to the best of your ability and the glory of your God.

Officially, The Wood Cycle of Wisconsin, LLC, was formed in 2001 when Paul decided to trade in his office profession for his life passion. At this same time, The Wood Cycle began its move from a basement hobby to its current location; an abandoned farm. The restored goat barn became the shop, the turkey shed became the sawmill barn and farmhouse became our office.

In 2008 "LLC" became "Inc" as we expanded our operations.  The largest of our current buildings, a "round rafter" barn was moved from within the Village of Oregon, two miles across the snow covered fields to our site.  This barn now serves as our expanded shop and finishing rooms and is home to The Hayloft Gallery.  We are now able to show the range of our work in this gallery.

The Wood Cycle name has several sources. Primary among these is involvement in all aspects of wood production:

When possible, we desire to begin from a tree that recently died or must be removed and work through to a finished cabinet or furniture product. And the ideal customer for the finished product is the owner of the property from which the tree came.

Secondary sources for the company name include a personal interest in bicycling and the desire to construct a functional bicycle using nothing but wood; an incomplete plan originated by the founder's grandfather.

New Ventures

The Wood Cycle of Wisconsin is a founding member of Wisconsin Urban Wood.  This organization works to use the urban wood taken down in local communities and making something special versus just firewood or wood chips.  

We also are a supplier of rough sawn urban wood to both Madison ReStore locations.  The desire for such wood has exceeded our expectations.

The Wood Cycle Divisions:

Log and Lumber Division

Matthew - Director

Matt's background in landscape architecture has provided him with design experience and an attention to detail that translates well to woodworking.  He enjoys the outdoors and thus has found a place in the sawmill operations at The Wood Cycle.  Outside of The Wood Cycle, Matt enjoys sports, design, and spending time outdoors and with family.

Philip Shoemaker

After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in natural resources and environmental management, Phil wanted to make a positive difference in the consumption of natural resources.  The Wood Cycle has allowed him to help take action towards a more sustainable use of hardwoods through its focus on a tree's life cycle and end use.  Phil has always had a passion for woodworking, but outside of woodworking, he enjoys building custom motorcycles, traveling, spending time outdoors, and being with family.


Paul Morrison - Owner

Paul founded The Wood Cycle in 2001 after discovering his hobby was just as rewarding whether the end product would be enjoyed by himself or by others. Paul's woodworking skills are primarily self-taught, but was heavily inspired by several artists and craftsmen in his family; especially by his grandfather, a cabinet maker. After first exhibiting work in his teens, Paul was trained in engineering and spent 20 years addressing environmental policy before deciding to pursue his passion as his profession.


Jack is a graduate of Minneapolis Community Technical College with a degree in cabinet making.  After spending time at cabinet shops in Minneapolis and Kenosha, he found his way to The Wood Cycle.  Jack brings a creative eye to the team and enthusiasm to do something new.  Jack’s side hobbies are making plant-based skimboards and surf crafts.


Andy came to us with 17 years of fine wood working experience; bringing a variety of skills to The Wood Cycle.  Prior to this career his passion for precision craftsmanship was used in making custom jewelry.  During his spare time, Andy enjoys being an avocational archeologist, a rock hound, and dabbling in lapidary.


Alex came to The Wood cycle as a self-taught woodworker, living in the Oregon area.  His style and creative background come from using whatever he could find in his garage as a  teenager and turning it into artistic pieces for family and friends. Alex's love for nature coincides well with The Wood Cycle, and when not woodworking in his free time, he can be found participating or fanatically watching any sports activity.