Mahogany Ridge Craftsman is owned and operated by master door builder Bob Pfaltz. Bob’s efficient shop is situated in a secluded canyon in picturesque Teton Valley, Idaho, on the west side of the Teton Range in the Greater Yellowstone region.
Bob was inspired to launch Mahogany Ridge Craftsman after recognizing a need for quality, made-to-order doors built with the same care and craftsmanship devoted to the fine homes they provide entrance to. He prides himself on his attention to detail and the fact that he values quality of the finished product—whether it’s a complex or simple design—over quantity of output.
Although Bob specializes in the Arts & Crafts style, he is also adept at building other styles of doors. And, though he’s happy to work with other wood species, he makes approximately 90 percent of his doors using South-American grown lyptus wood—justone factor making Mahogany Ridge Craftsman a more sustainable operation.
*Very little leaves the shop other than finished doors (“and me, on the rare occasion when I get to go skiing,” Bob says), so almost nothing goes to the landfill. “I burn wood scraps to heat the shop,” Bob says, “and I mulch all of my sawdust. In the summer of 2009, I provided my friends and neighbors with an estimated fifteen pounds of tasty oyster mushrooms grown in the mulch.”
“I was first drawn to lyptus because of its look and the characteristics of its grain,” Bob says, “as well as its competitive price and the fact that it comes from a sustainable harvest. But the more I used it, the more I realized that it’s one of the stablest woods I’ve worked with. I’ve been impressed with how straight it stays. (Visit the lyptus website for more information about this plantation-grown hardwood species.)
*Help local organic mushroom farm by taking their used spawn (instead of to the landfill).