About Us

It all started with owner Michael DeShay’s renovation business and a passion for woodworking.

The Wood Experts

Niceville Slabs and Cookies has a mission to provide for local woodworkers, makers, and hobbyists.

“Customers were requesting exotic woods and slabs that weren’t necessarily available in the area. I decided to solve the problem and make them accessible to my customers by sourcing the wood and processing it myself.”

-Michael DeShay, Owner

Unlike a big box store or furniture store, we’ve got history on all of our logs, and each piece has a story behind it. We know where they came from, who brought them to us, and we can give a background on every log that comes through our shop. These are local logs diverted from the waste stream to become exceptional luxury wood products instead.

The Wood Experts

Niceville Slabs and Cookies has a mission to provide for local woodworkers, makers, and hobbyists.

“Customers were requesting exotic woods and slabs that weren’t necessarily available in the area. I decided to solve the problem and make them accessible to my customers by sourcing the wood and processing it myself.”

-Michael DeShay, Owner

Our Team

Stop by and you’ll be hard-pressed to see our team with a query they can’t answer, a species they can’t find, or a job they can’t do or recommend the best person for. 

Michael DeShay

Owner & Woodworker

If you ask Mike what his specialty is, he will probably just say “Yes.” If he doesn’t know how to do it, he knows someone who does and will make sure that things are done to the highest level. Mike has always been a maker, but what he likes most is making someone’s vision or dream come to fruition. He’s known as the “Wood King”. Mike would also never say any of these things, so his wife had to write this! Mike’s off time is spent avoiding ninja kicks and karate chops from his 8 year old and wife.

Genevieve Burgess

Genevieve Burgess

Director of Chaos & Woodworker

“This one time in Woodworking school…”

A jill of all trades and veteran of the Air Force, Genevieve has been woodworking since 2018 when she attended Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, Wisc., for Wood Manufacturing Technology. Areas of experience: epoxy, woodturning, wood identification, member of AAW, secretary of Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild, overall badass bitch with ever-changing colored hair!

Kathleen Beverly

Kathleen Beverly

Woodworker & Human Calculator/Wishlist Approver

Been building shit with her dad since she was a wee one. Her great grandfather passed down the woodworking blood via vampiric bats. Upon approach of middle age, Kathleen decided it was time to do what she wanted to do, so she is now Vlad’s protégé.

Charles Murphy

Charles “Murph” Murphy

Shop Manager & Woodworker

Retired from the Navy and mannapped into woodworking hulkitude, Murph has found his calling as the shops loveable, but gruff, teddy bear.  He can often be seen wielding a flame thrower or several large slabs like they are loaves of bread.  Don’t let his steely exterior and hardened gaze frighten you, he loves talking about his adorable land seals and woodworking.

Kaleb Brooks

Kaleb Brooks

NS&C Arm Wrestling Champion*

Been here for a while and finally decided to stay for a bit, Kaleb hails from the hotter state of Texas. In his free time, he is a lover of delicate food establishments (Fogo de Chao), the king of beers (yep, you read that right), and horror movies. Kaleb can also be seen about the property keeping the lumber stocked, milling logs on the sawmill, and helping customers choose and load lumber and slabs!

*As of 7/19/2023

Cody Rivers

Cody Rivers

Former Sandwich Artist & Current NS&C Tall Man

Stolen from the sandwich sweat shops of Niceville, Cody has joined our team and is quickly learning how to throw wood.  He can also be seen about the property keeping the lumber stocked, milling logs on the sawmill, and helping customers choose and load lumber and slabs!