About The Woodmen

The “Woodmen” are proudly displayed at our corporte offices in Akron, Ohio. When Jim Leslie was thinking about how to celebrate Williams Hardwood Flooring’s 50th anniversary, he happened across the work of Michael Blaine, a New Hampshire chainsaw carver.

He expressed to Blaine that he was looking for something that could be a tribute to the men and women who have worked for WILLIAMS over the last 50+ years. Blaine told Jim just how big a tree he needed. Jim found that tree, at the Women’s City Club of Akron at Portage Path and Exchange streets.

The tree was a 200 year old oak that was dying and had to be removed. It was delivered to Williams front parking lot and Blaine went to work. Over the course of 8 days the tree was transformed into The Woodmen.

The Woodmen will act as a new landmark for a new generation in business.

Standing over 7 feet tall, the Woodmen bear the likenesses of a Williams seasoned sand & finish and an installer employee.