Krantz Select Woods has a rich history of providing fine lumber to proud home owners, better home builders and leading designers throughout the US. With a large selection of high-quality and rare woods, years of industry expertise, and second-to-none service, Krantz Select Woods has emerged as one of the most prominent on-line purveyors of fine woods today.
The story began in the early 1920s, when family patriarch Onezime “Bess” Krantz started selling cypress from his land along Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River. He quickly gained a reputation for generous cuts of the best cypress available in south Louisiana. Bess passed on his love for this beautiful, rich southern wood to his son James, who began milling and selling regionally sourced cypress in 1970.
It was James’ son, Jimmy who brought the family business into the 21st century when he started Jimmy’s Cypress in 1997. Since its start, Jimmy’s Cypress has become a preferred online destination for homeowners and professionals seeking rare and high-quality woods, often not available in larger retail stores.
Krantz Select Woods expanded its line of products in 2002, when Jimmy and wife Emili started Krantz Recovered Woods, a specialty line of antique-quality, reclaimed wood. Krantz Recovered Woods specializes in virgin Cypress and Longleaf Pine, salvaged from the bottoms of American waterways and deconstructed pre-1925 buildings and structures. These beautiful and rare woods are hand-selected and carefully restored to live again in fine homes and design projects throughout the country.