Ed Myers likes to chitchat about dentil moldings and sometimes rhapsodizes on the beauty of African mahogany.
As manager of Paso Robles’ Mayan Hardwood and a 36-year lumber industry veteran, wood is both his occupation and preoccupation.
Mayan Hardwood, which began in Oxnard in 1989 and expanded to Paso Robles in 2003, offers lumber, plywood, and moldings. Its specialty wood products include doors, cabinet doors, butcher block countertops, stair parts, pre-made drawer sides, and pre-drilled melamine for closets and shelving. It also carries hardware such as doorknobs and drawer slides.
What sets it apart from a hardware store, said Myers, is its large selection of in-stock moldings. It carries hundreds of molding profiles both in wood and medium- density fiberboard (MDF). It offers casings, baseboards, crowns, chair rails, panel molding, and carved decorative moldings such as rosettes and corbels.
All of the company’s wood moldings are made at its mill in Santa Ana, so it is well-equipped to do custom work. The Mayan Hardware crew has duplicated one-of-a-kind Victorian moldings, replaced damaged sections of custom trim, and re-created designs from photos and magazines. When possible, Myers works from a sample piece, but can also make home visits.
“You can’t tell the old ones from the new ones when we get done,” he said.
Other specialty products, such as mantels and cabinet doors, are not made by the company. However, it is able to special order them in a variety of styles and sizes.
Another specialty of Mayan Hardwood is exotic woods such as purple heart, zebrawood, bubinga, curly maple, santos mahogany, and afrormosia. With their striking grains and uncommon coloring, they add a definite “wow factor” to custom furniture and cabinetry. They can be pricey though, so Myers suggests using them sparingly, such as in inlays or trim, to add impact without breaking your budget.
Mayan Hardwood also carries wood such as teak, ipe and Brazilian redwood for outdoor applications such as patio furniture and decking.
Although the company does not handle installation, it does offer design guidance. Myers’ top advice is to test out any molding you are considering, because a piece of crown molding will look different in a magazine (or a warehouse) than in your living room. For this purpose, the showroom offers free molding samples in 6-to 8-inch lengths so that customers can tape up a piece and live with it for a while, because, according to Myers, “getting your moldings just right can make a huge difference in a room.”