Going Beyond a Plank Wood Floor

Decorative wood floor elements, such as medallions, borders and inlays, can add authenticity to any commercial or residential space. They are the perfect blend of today’s innovation with the trends and traditions of the past.

In the early days, these decorative elements were hand-cut by by skilled craftsman. Today, we have machinery such as lasers and CNC machines to make the process faster. However, in the end though, it is still very much a partnership between the wood and the creative vision from the designers and craftsman. For Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company, the process of creating these medallions is very much a labor of love…..and patience.

We take the time to appreciate the unique characteristics of various species and cuts of wood and patiently craft design elements that enhance our projects. There is nothing more satisfying than melding the inherent beauty of a naturally rich grain pattern with the meticulous hand-crafting skills to exceed a client’s expectation.

While most people can agree on how beautiful a wood medallion is, there are few that fully understand the amount of work that goes into creating one. The process of making a medallion can take a few weeks to several months, involving painstaking hand assembly by highly skilled woodworkers with a passion for their craft. Get a glimpse of how we create a medallion by watching the time lapse video below:

Creating a Wood Medallion

Ask any wood floor installer and they will tell you that the most stressful part of the process is installing a decorative element. One small mistake could ruin hundreds of hours of work.

Whether you are restoring an older environment or looking to create a new space with lasting appeal, Woodwright can help with a full range of concept to completion services. You can view inspiration at our Pinterest page.

Transform your vision, unleash your inner wood geek and design a unique element that captures the essence of your personality or heritage. Go ahead, challenge us!

In-Depth Process: NWFA Award Winning 3D Medallion


Hallway MedallionWe were recently honored with an award from the National Wood Flooring Association for the Best CNC/Laser Cut Wood Floor of the Year. We have received many questions about how the medallion was made so we thought we would share some of the details here.

Emily Owens (Designer in Dallas) approached us on behalf of a client to design a custom seal for the floor in his library. The project already included Rift & Quartered White Oak Herringbone floors with Soldier Stack borders, double hand scraped, stained brown and finished with Tung Oil. The seal was icing on the cake of already extraordinary project.

This medallion is the result of using a combination of our Laser Cutting and CNC capabilities to create depth and dimension unlike any other medallion we had seen. Aaron Craft (On-staff Artist, Laser and CNC Operator) was the driving force behind this very unique approach to creating the medallion. We presented some test pieces to the designer, Emily, and she fell in love with it. This was when the real work started.

We had to make detailed 3D digital models to illustrate how much depth could be perceived with only a 1/16″ deep cut and ultimately created several more samples to verify. Every square inch of the medallion had to be custom designed. Not only starting with the specie and grain like usual, but also taking into account the 3 dimensional engraving that made it come alive.

Close Up MedallionThe original drawing had a checkered background within the seal which could have been extremely time consuming however we laminated Wenge and Maple together in various thicknesses and then using the CNC router checkered the material similar to how a gunstock is done which exposed both species and duplicated the drawing perfectly while adding yet another layer of depth.

After the medallion was assembled, it was meticulously labored over with hand tools to ensure that every square inch was exactly how we had envisioned it.

One of the hardest parts of the entire process was actually convincing the client to use such bold colors. As Rick Farrell said, it just seems un-American to make a brown American flag. We ultimately toned the brightness down using stain and the client embraced it wholeheartedly. This small splash of color added a point of interest within the library without being obtrusive.

Once stained, the medallion was finally laid into the floor. After almost 6 months of work went into it,our installers were understandably nervous while permanently placing it in the floor.

This was, by far, one of our most intricate and unique medallions we have made. We have set the bar very high for ourselves and we cannot wait for the opportunity to continue to push the envelope. We are very grateful to Emily Owens and Sebastian Construction Group for giving us the chance to work on this project.

Internally we would like to thank Aaron Craft (Artist, CNC and Laser Operator), Rick Farrell (Architect and Design Consultant) and Steve Welch (Owner) for collaborating on the actual and the rest of the team for all of the hard work and obsessive attention to detail in the installation and finishing phases.