Stone Veneering Services Offered by Architectural Millwork Firm

By Bill Esler | Posted: 06/13/2014 12:25PM


  Earth Anatomy Fabrication, formed in 2013, is part of a business dream shared by R.J. Thacker, a Navy “Doc” and Josh Morgan, a Marine, that is turning into a global supplier of sustainable building products. The parent company, Earth Anatomy, launched a thin stone veneer product offering in 2008.

Cleveland-based Earth Anatomy Fabrication, owned by Chad Willams - also a military veteran -  takes thin stone sheets mounted on a support substrate, and glues them to panel and millwork for architects, builders, product designers, OEM manufacturers, exhibit display makers, and other industries. Eventually the product could be made available for small-volume residential orders.

The natural thin stone veneer was nominated for a Challengers Award, and made the cut from 63 entrants to 33 semi-finalists, and now is one of 20 finalists for the prestigious woodworking prize. The seven winners will be announced August 20 at the 2014 International Woodworking Fair. 

Co-founders of parent firm Earth Anatomy (part of Grizzly Partners), are R.J. Thacker, managing partner; and Josh Morgan, partner. Thacker was a Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsman who served in both The Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is also an experienced healthcare consultant skilled in managing the implementation of IT projects for large hospital systems. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Cleveland State University.

Morgan met RJ while serving with the Marine Corps in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a Purple Heart from wounds sustained from a roadside bomb. His professional accomplishments include working in sales for a Fortune 500 medical device firm and Co-Founding Intense Debate, Inc (later acquired by Automattic Inc/Wordpress). Josh holds a B.A. in Economics from Ohio University.


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Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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Ohio  |  March, 21, 2015 at 09:37 AM

Didn't the German company Richter invent and bring this product to market back in 2009? I thought they we a Challengers Award finalist or even a winner back then...


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