The Shenandoah Planing Mill (SPM) is a new business based in Charles Town that seeks to carry on Appalachian traditions and be the center of the woodworking community in the Eastern Panhandle—supporting the many small businesses, artisans, builders, and woodworkers in this area, and beyond.

The team at SPM saw, kiln dry, and surface hardwoods in-house from log to finished product, and feature the most modern technology in the industry—including a biomass wood-chip boiler to lessen their environmental footprint. The operation is housed in the old Apple Packing House off Summit Point Road (410 Cold Storage Road, Charles Town), and the restoration and re-use of the old building provided the perfect atmosphere for an “old-school business gone modern.”

“My father and I have lived with our families in Harpers Ferry for over thirty years, and are starting this business together because we love this area and the good people that live here,” said co-owner Amanda McDaniel.

SPM is the dream of McDaniel and her father, John Van Vliet, and their family. Long-time local residents, they’re both passionate and excited about doing business in Jefferson County—representing an Eastern Panhandle resource for quality hardwood lumber, flooring, architectural mouldings, and live edge slabs.

The SPM mission is to support the woodworking community, including contractors, homebuilders, artisans, woodworkers, and DIYers, by offering networking, rentable workspace, expert advice, and quality materials. “We stock a large selection of hardwoods, and have onsite ability to saw, kiln dry, and surface material to custom specifications,” added McDaniel.

— Office hours are Monday–Friday, 8am-4pm; Saturday, 8am-1pm; and closed Sunday. For more information, call 304-579-7239 or email

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