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Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Certificate Holder Spotlight: Edensaw Woods

By Aubrey McCormick

Jim Ferris – also known as "Kiwi" – is the founder of Edensaw Woods, which provides specialty plywood, hardwood and veneers to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula boat-building community. Originally from New Zealand, Kiwi arrived in Port Townshend, WA in 1981 to lead the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. He started Edensaw in 1984 from his backyard, with an old JC Penny delivery truck bought at auction.

Since then, Edensaw has expanded its product offerings to include shop and hand tools, exotic woods from around the world, live edge slabs, craft and turning woods, specialty burls, quality veneers, and marine plywood and hardwood. Edensaw has added a CNC machine and milling services at their on-site millhouse to meet customer needs for solid wood products manufactured to exact specifications.

The company has now grown to 48 employees, with their primary market in Western Washington. However, they do ship to other parts of the country and overseas.

Kiwi and his team at Edensaw believe in working together to bring more FSC products to the market; approximately 60% of their wood is FSC certified.

Edensaw is also rooted in giving back to the community. In 2006, they formed the Edensaw Community Cancer Foundation, a non-profit that has raised over $300,000 for cancer patients in Jefferson County. The effort is funded by Edensaw and their employees through direct deposits from their paychecks and an annual fundraising event. Edensaw continues to be instrumental in bringing quality products to the market and supporting the people in the community.

To learn more about Edensaw, visit or follow them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.