About Us

Our mission is to provide premium and unique woods from around the world with honesty and expert knowledge to designers, contractors and wood enthusiasts.

 
 

 

From our humble beginnings as a cabinetmaker’s woodshop to becoming a dominant North American supplier, Exotic Woods has earned the trust of many all over the world. It is our mission to provide premium and unique woods from around the world with honesty and expert knowledge to designers, contractors and wood enthusiasts. Exotic Woods was founded in 1979 by John Arie Hordyk and his wife, Tetje. As a self-employed cabinetmaker with a penchant for the finer materials, John set up shop using his own woodworking equipment and sourcing quality hardwoods, softwoods and veneers from around the world. Before long, a steady stream of clientele came knocking at his woodshop door, looking to purchase the superior and rare-finds of woods for which he’d become known for.

Exotic Woods headquarters has remained in Burlington and houses an extensive inventory of superior hard, soft woods, veneers and plywood. We operate a wood machining facility and a spacious Flooring Showroom featuring stunning Canadian and European lines of wood flooring. 

Today, Exotic Woods is operated by John’s two sons - John Jr. and Mel - and strives to be the recognized leader for supplying premium, quality, unique woods and resources to North America.

Meet the team

 
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John Hordyk

Co-Owner

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Mel Hordyk

Co-Owner

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Mike DeBoer

General Manager

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Rick Veenstra

Warehouse Manager

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Aaron Moran

Production Manager

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Chris Marshall

Customer Service / Retail Manager

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John Davis

Customer Service

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Haley Sierdsma

Flooring Customer Service

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Mike Kirschen

Merchandising

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Tara Savage

Administrator

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Adam Hordyk

Finishing Shop Manager

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Vanessa DeBoer

Administrative Assistant

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Adam Aasman

Finishing Shop

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Olivia Hordyk

Administrative Assistant

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Jeff Hordyk

Finishing Shop