GF Hardwoods – Quality Lumber with a Commitment to Service

GF Hardwoods is a supplier of hardwood lumber for domestic and international customers. Our company has been serving the wood manufacturing industry since 1979 by providing Appalachian hardwood products in eight species and a choice of thicknesses. GF Hardwoods customers include hardwood flooring companies, cabinetmakers and manufacturers, furniture companies and individual purchasers. We also sell to customers who operate concentration yards and distribution centers.

Quality is our number one priority. The lumber we produce is not only high-yielding, it is consistent in color. That’s because logs for our lumber are acquired within a 30-50 mile radius of our plant. We obtain our hardwood lumber directly from our own support company, Moss Sawmills, which operates a milling operation within our company’s wood products complex in Moss, Tennessee.


G.F. Hardwoods has served thousands of customers by remaining true to our core values and our mission: providing a quality product at a fair price and being there for our customers.

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Kiln Drying

Our dry kilns ensure that lumber is dried to 6-8% moisture level, which meets industry standards for hardwoods. At any given time we have as much as 900,000 board feet of lumber drying in our kilns, which are fired by the sawdust produced during the log milling process at Moss Sawmills.


Lumber sold by GF Hardwoods is graded according to National Hardwood Lumber Association rules two separate times during our manufacturing process. The first grading is completed by certified graders at Moss Sawmills after which it is transported to the dry kilns at GF Hardwoods. When the drying process is finished, the lumber is graded by certified GF Hardwoods graders and is sorted accordingly.


Each piece of lumber receives one pass through our GF Hardwoods planers, resulting in a smooth surface on one face. Lumber orders can be packaged, strapped and tagged according to the needs of each individual customer. See our list of services here.


Delivery is available to domestic customers within 500 miles of our facility. We assist clients in arranging delivery beyond 500 miles. Customers may pick up their lumber orders from our facility in Moss. We also package materials for international shipment and load shipping containers onsite.


There is no minimum order required to conduct business with GF Hardwoods. We welcome your inquires. Our lumber sales professionals will be able to help you acquire the species, lengths and thicknesses you need and will ensure that your order is available for pickup, delivery or shipment on time, every time.

How We Began

The late Doug Smith, GF Hardwoods’ founder, developed an appreciation for wood products from his father, Lemuel, who operated a sawmill to supplement income from the family farm.

“Dad put the sawmill in during the 1940s,” recalled Doug, who grew up not too far away from the wood industry complex the Smith companies now occupy in Clay County, Tennessee. “It wasn’t much but just enough to keep some money coming in during the off-season. By the time I was 11, I found myself in the mill, working with dad and the few people we had on-hand to mill the lumber.”

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By the time Doug earned a degree in engineering from nearby Tennessee Technological University, his father had stopped operating the mill. After a few years in the professional world, Doug decided to return home to start up the sawmill again. Moss Sawmills was founded in 1968. Additionally, Green Forest Wood Products, a service company, started with only a handful of employees, focusing on supplying milled products for area businesses.

“Something about working with the wood just appealed to me,” Doug said. “It was like I was being called to discover how I could combine that appreciation with what I learned in school.”

It took a few years, but eventually, Doug found the answer to that burning call.  In 1974, Doug and his father decided to use some of the mill’s larger logs to build a log home for Doug and wife Janie. That was the first of what would become many over the next four decades with the founding of Honest Abe Log homes in 1979. GF Hardwoods was also founded that year to process lumber for shipment across the country and the globe.

Since Doug’s passing in 2011, Janie and their children, Shane Smith and April Smith Patterson, have been at the helm of the group of Smith family-owned companies. These include wood industry related businesses such as GF Hardwoods, Moss Sawmills, Honest Abe Log Homes, Southern Timbercraft, Barky Beaver Mulch & Soil Mix and several other enterprises and farms.

G.F. Hardwoods & Moss Sawmills

GF Hardwoods is one of several family-owned businesses, including sawmills, lumber production, mulch, log home and timber frame manufacturing and wood component sales. We understand the wood business, and we work together as a team to make sure every customer has the best product possible as well as the customer service they deserve.

Commitment to Quality

We hire the best people available (the backbone of our business) and train them appropriately. We constantly update our equipment, upgrade our technology and make other changes that demonstrate to our clients that – even after four decades in business – we remain current and are prepared for the future.

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