Don Carlisle & his team have been crafting traditional wide plank floors longer than any other company in the market—and it shows.

Don Carlisle
Don CarlisleFounder & President

Don grew up exploring the forest surrounding his parents’ farm in the small town of Stoddard, NH. He learned the value of commitment, hard work and responsibility early in life; caring for the well being of the farm animals and drying, milling and handcrafting the wide plank boards for the family business. After college Don started a popular local restaurant while continuing to help run Carlisle Restoration Lumber. He later changed the name to Carlisle Wide Plank Floors to better reflect the nature of the business, which he purchased from his parents in 1993. By the time Don sold the company in 2007 it had become a highly respected international brand and a major producer. After a brief hiatus, Don started William & Henry in April 2014. He named the company after the youngest of his three beautiful children. When not in the role of entrepreneur, Don can be found outdoors fly fishing, bow hunting, bird hunting, turkey hunting, taking walks in the woods with his children, growing vegetables in the garden, or in the kitchen canning homegrown foods beside his lovely wife.

Crystal Knowles
Crystal KnowlesFlooring Expert

A deep appreciation for tree specie preservation was passed along to Crystal by her grandfather, a landscape entrepreneur who worked diligently to save many of NH’s stately Elms from Dutch Elm disease in the 1960’s. Growing up, her gregarious nature was put to good use in her parents’ flower shop. It was there, selling long stemmed roses to customers, that her natural affinity for sharing the beauty of nature with others was honed into a professional career. To this day Crystal enjoys the satisfaction of building close working relationships with clients, and guiding them to the perfect flooring solution. Prior to the 12 years she has spent in the wide plank flooring industry, she traveled extensively to places such as Italy, Morocco, China, Germany, Costa Rica, Panama and Brazil in her role as a group travel coordinator. A devoted wife, this busy mom of two athletic children is an active member of the Keene Lions Club. She adores classic cars and old music, and of course entertaining friends and family with good food and good wine.

Heidi Carlisle
Heidi CarlisleBusiness Manager

The person on the other end of the phone at William & Henry will always be extremely knowledgeable and kind. But if Heidi answers your call, you’ll have the privilege of being enveloped by her compassionate nature which, over the duration of the conversation, will help guide you through the decision-making process toward the perfect wide plank flooring solution. Her methodical organization and multitasking skills are not only an asset to William & Henry clients, but being a mother of two and a stepmother to three, her children reap the benefits of homemade breakfasts each morning before heading off to school. Heidi enjoys working in her flower garden during the summer months, canning vegetables and making jam from the berries she and her husband grow. An avid health enthusiast, she loves yoga, running, cross country skiing, cooking and finding ways to improve the well being of herself, and her loved ones.

Adam Whitney
Adam WhitneyPartner

Adam’s childhood was spent in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, making him a proud Granite Stater.  Growing up in a rural community in the White Mountain National Forest, his parents bestowed upon him a love of the outdoors and the natural world around him.  Adam grew up helping his parents renovate their colonial farm house – his first introduction to wide plank flooring and traditional building methods.  After graduating from college in 2005 he started working for Don at Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.  He attributes this mentorship to his appreciation for the timbers and people it takes to create heirloom floors to be enjoyed for generations.

When not talking wood floors he enjoys fly fishing, fly tying, playing in his vegetable garden, or any outdoor activity with his Siberian Husky, Pickles.  He and his family live along a tidal river on the New Hampshire coast.

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