“Next to God, we’re the next to look inside a log and see all the character it possesses and visualize what it can become. It’s rewarding to take a log and create something for others—something that can live on over time and not be disposed of in the landfill. Being a good steward of our Creator's resources and giving wood a second chance instead of landfilling is what Ohio Wood Connection is all about.”
Ohio Wood Connection
Marcus Grooms grew his passion for woodworking into Ohio Wood Connection. The idea for his business began after the loss of his wife Pamela in 2011. Through his grief, he took stock in his life and decided to end his 25-year career in finance and return to his passion for working with wood.
Marcus’ love for woodworking began in high school, where he enjoyed shop classes. After graduation, he joined the Navy Seabees and worked as a builder, further developing his woodworking skills.
In 2014, Marcus founded Ohio Wood Connection out of his garage and has continued to grow his business to its current location in Cincinnati, Ohio. He specializes in domestic hardwood, live-edge slabs, kiln drying, and custom design projects.
In 2020, Marcus was elected President of the Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association (GLKDA). This association aims to promote improved drying, storage, and handling of wood. Marcus credits his professional growth and expertise in kiln drying with the knowledge and connections he has made through this association. In fact, Ohio Wood Connection has become one of the largest suppliers of vacuum kiln-dried wood based in the tri-state to meet local needs and ship nationally.
Ohio Wood Connection is passionate about extending the life and revealing the beauty of trees. We believe in making the most of our natural resources and preserving and transforming wood from “Creator to Craftsman.”
Locally and Sustainably Sourced Hardwoods
Ohio Wood Connection does not harvest trees. All our slabs and dimensional lumber come from trees removed from property owners, private forests, and developers throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. We save locally-sourced wood from ending up in the landfill. Upcycling existing resources benefits the environment because we don’t use any new raw materials in our production process. Through our creativity and expertise, we have reclaimed so many valuable raw materials.
Our team transports the trees back to our warehouse and mills the wood onsite into beautiful live-edge slabs and raw dimensional hardwood. Our wood is vacuum kiln-dried onsite and available for our customers. Our wood selection includes Ash, Cherry, Elm, Maple, Oak, Poplar, and Walnut.
All reclaimed lumber passes through one of our kilns to achieve the proper moisture content and remove any bugs.
Who We Serve
Ohio Wood Connection provides custom design services for businesses and homes from conference tables to countertops. Architects, builders, and designers select our wood slabs to create gorgeous custom furniture. Hobbyists and artisans use smaller pieces for charcuterie boards, wall art, desks or tables.
Our warehouse is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and we ship anywhere within the United States.
Visit Our Shop
Visit our warehouse to shop a wide variety of kiln-dried live-edge and hardwood slabs.
New To Our Team
We are pleased to announce that Scott Weiss has joined the Ohio Wood Connection team. Marcus, our founder, and Scott have been friends for several years and he welcomes Scott’s business experience and network.
Scott grew up in the Midwest and spent many years with his four brothers taking down hardwoods on the homestead - with a two-man crosscut saw! He worked his way through college and went on to a blessed business career. He led manufacturing companies in several industries for over 30 years in Ohio, California, Canada and Asia. In 2014, Scott was the founding leader of OCEAN Accelerator, the first faith based start-up accelerator in the United States. He expanded and led that organization until retiring to join Ohio Wood Connection.
Scott’s excited to help us enhance Ohio Wood Connection service capabilities and to introduce live-edge hardwood to business leaders and businesses seeking sustainable and natural furnishings.