May 8, 2012 12:00 AM
McElroy grew up around woodworking and can easily tell hardwoods from softwoods. Not only that, he knows wood species, their age and quality by sight. This comes in handy because he buys lots of lumber from local sources, including the Amish. “I make sure the wood doesn’t have nails, that it’s not rotten, damaged, burnt and is old enough to meet our specs.” Much of Elmwood’s supply pre-dates the 1940s.