A few testimonials from our customers are featured below. We are very fortunate to provide a beautiful green product and to work with great people. We value our customers and we take pride in each and every unique project. Privacy is important to us, so last names are withheld.

What a pleasure it was to meet someone who has pride and passion in their work. Chris will get just as excited about your project as you. He was so patient and took the time to work with us and understand our needs, nothing was too much trouble. We would highly recommend Old Growth Riverwood to anyone looking for that special piece of furniture and will certainly be visiting Chris in the future. We’ll send on some photos of the mantel in place once the work’s all complete. Thanks again Chris.

Kind regards,
Louise & John

My experience with Old Growth Riverwood, could not have been any better — my husband and I recently remodeled our master bathroom here in Wrightsville Beach, NC. We had seen work that Chris Metz had performed in the past and fell in love with it.

My husband Don, being an Engineer, was determined to accomplish an intricate and detailed plan for this remodeling project. With the massive amount of stunning walnut wood (every wall and closet space) and Don’s plan, drawn on paper, Chris was able to see Don’s vision. Together, with Chris, Don, myself and the ever so patient staff (Connie — the amazing expert wood finisher and Larry — the installer) that Chris supplied, we are thoroughly enjoying our newly custom made Master bathroom. When we build our new home in the future, we will definitely use Old Growth Riverwood. If anyone is interested in seeing our bathroom, call OGR for an appointment.

Forever Appreciative,
Kim L.

Just a note to tell you what a great time we had with you at your shop last Thursday. I have been telling many of the members of our Community Woodworkers about the trip and many wished that they were able to go.

Thank you for the time that you took from your work to share with us what you do. It was easy to see that you loved what you do, and that it was just where you should be at this time. Thank you also for sharing with us some of the history of the area with words and wood. As we use the wood to make some items I will send you pictures of the final products.

Thank you again. Trust to be able to see you soon.

Howard P. for the Community Woodworkers of Emerald Isle

Caryn and I were really impressed with Chris and Old Growth Riverwood. Chris was great to work with. He went out of his way to show us the wood he planned on using; came out to our house to measure the counter area; and then delivered the finish product to us on time and in great shape. He also took the time to show us how to varnish the counters and preserve them. We are very happy with our experience with Old Growth Riverwood. Our counters and kitchen looks great; better than we imagined. We were ecstatic about using some reclaimed wood from the old Ice House, but also some of the old growth wood from the Cape Fear River. Not only does our kitchen and counters look great, our kitchen is so warm and homey with the wood counters, it’s a pleasure to use it. Also, the counters and beams have a real history to them. Just as nice is that we did not have to take down fresh trees to have our beautiful counters, but used wood that had already been cut and reclaimed. Chris was wonderful to work and was just a pleasure to talk to. He always made time for us when we went out to his shop and was quick to return phone calls. We can’t say enough good about Chris and Old Growth Riverwood. And the price was fantastic too. It was less expensive than we thought. It certainly helped our budget. Who needs granite when we can have beautiful wood with a great history to it.

David L.
Wilmington, NC

Thank you for letting us tour your Old Growth Riverwood facility. We were impressed with all the products you manufacture, such as the crown molding, the chairs, mantel pieces, the tongue and groove flooring among other products. We own one of your adirondack chairs and we love it. Our friends and family said they are real comfortable. We were really impressed with the whole process of removing the logs from the river and the beautiful grain structure in the wood. Thank you both for letting us see the finishes of the Old Growth Riverwood floor that’s in your home, It is beautiful. We would highly recommend your products to anyone, especially to people who want to go green. Your business won’t ruin our environment and that’s a good thing!

Thank You,
Doug & Linda M.
Southport, NC

I learned about Old Growth Riverwood while searching the web for counter tops. I found their Facebook page and gave them a call about custom counters for my new acting studio. It was so easy. All I had to do was get them the measurements and they were able to build to suit my needs. When I went to pick up the oak counters I was stunned by how good they looked. The grain is beautiful! I am getting them installed today and the guy who is putting them in thought they were well made too! I could not be happier with the work Old Growth did for me and would recommend them to anyone who needs custom wood work of any kind. If you want to be eco friendly or you simply want stunning wood surrounding you, I know your experience with them will go as well as mine! They are so easy to work with and their work is beyond reproach. I promise to send pictures once they are installed!

— Michele S.


That is what multiple friends and family told us when we started to build a small, unique home on one of the canals on Topsail Island. Everyone had a story to share regarding the nightmares of new construction. Despite doing our own due diligence, we also could contribute our share of similar tales. You can learn from others’ mistakes, you can also learn from their wise decisions.

Our wisest decision was to choose Chris Metz to design and build what we envisioned would be a focal point for our living/dining area. Even before the house plans were complete we knew we wanted a bartop out of reclaimed riverwood. We met with Chris on several occasions to discuss design concept and his process. Everything that he told us was accurate. To ensure that we got the colors and flavor that we wanted, he helped us hand select every single piece that was used. The result is stunning.

Even though our project was minor in comparison to others he was involved in at the time, he always made us feel that ours was number one. The entire experience was refreshing. It is the only part of building our home that was absolutely flawless.

Nancy W. and Cayce C., Topsail Island, NC

I wanted to write a testimonial for the great product and service you recently provided for us. It was such a refreshing experience to work with you on our recent project of having Old Growth Riverwood mill reclaimed tobacco barnwood flooring for our newly purchased home.

Chris displayed such a passion and interest in making sure the flooring he milled for us was exactly what we wanted and it turned out beautifully, a real work of art done by a very knowledgeable milling expert. It was a pleasure meeting you and your lovely wife and learning the process used in your business. Your genuine interest and desire to please the customer has convinced me and my husband that good customer service is not a thing of the past. Your milling work is something to be proud of, it has certainly enhanced and preserved the floors in our new home.

Thanks so much for going that extra mile on our recent flooring project.

Brenda & Jim N.
River Run Plantation, Sunset Harbor, NC

When my husband and I decided to redo our kitchen floor, we are proud to say we used Old Growth Riverwood. It made a great difference in the appearance of the room. I was amazed at how easy it is to keep clean and it was a great improvement for the value of our home. In fact the riverwood flooring was the biggest selling point in our home. Thank you, Old Growth Riverwood, we are looking forward to replacing floors in our new home we have now.

Thomas & Theresa P.
Lewisburg, West Virginia

The black walnut coffee table and end tables you made for us look great in our condo. We cannot thank you two enough for taking our idea and making such beautiful tables. They came out better than we imagined. The reclaimed wood is beautiful and the quality of the craftsmanship is superior to anything we could have bought in a showroom.

It is great to know that there are professional people like you in Wilmington that we can turn to should we need any other designs in wood.

Robert and Siobhan