In 2017, Mountain Falls Millwork added a sawmill and kiln to our operation. We source local logs that are from local tree removals or from local farms which saves this useful commodity from going to the landfill or from being used for firewood. Each tree possesses unique characteristics and can gives us a very unique opportunity to create a custom memorial. We can even use a tree or wood from someone’s own property to create and even more meaningful memorial for a loved one.
Mountain Falls Millwork is a locally owned family business. The owner, Randy Rickard, is originally from the Shenandoah Valley. He has been crafting furnishings and unique custom building projects since 1983. He started the business with his wife, Harriet, in 1994. They have two sons, Kenny and Mitchell, who were raised in Northern Virginia. Their oldest son, Kenny currently serves in the U.S. military. Their youngest son, Mitchell, has always had a passion for the craft. In high school, Mitchell represented Fairfax County and the state of Virginia winning consecutively his regional and state competition in the Skills USA carpentry division moving him to the national level where he won 14th place in a field of over 100. Mitchell has grown up in the family business and has been working full time with his dad for the past 5 years.
What makes Mountain Falls different, besides being a local family business, we also source as much as possible from our regional area. In 2017, a sawmill was acquired and we now mill harvested woods that would have been sent to landfills or burned for firewood, making not only the business local but also the majority of the wood used from the local area.
The urns are produced one piece at a time in a shop located in Lebanon Church, VA. There are no metal fasteners used except for the access panel on the bottom. Premium hardwoods such as Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Oaks are selected piece by piece for the beginning process. Some of the more ornate urns may contain woods such as Mahogany and Purple Heart, which are not local, but add unique color and character to the urns.
We take pride in the finished product. Every urn is handled and personally inspected by either Randy or Mitchell through the entire process ensuring quality of each piece before it leaves the shop. Just as each piece of wood is unique in its character, we know that each urn will be intended for a special loved one to memorialize and remember for years to come.