Our family-owned business began in a picturesque beach town before making the Redwoods home. During our extensive experience over the past 40 years, we have perfected the craft of redwood, from ethical sourcing to finishing and sending redwood furniture worldwide.
In the early 1970s, George Buck established Burlwood Industries in Carmel, CA. The business focused mainly on collecting driftwood from local beaches to use as landscape pieces. In the late 1970s, George entered the growing finished furniture market. He opened galleries from Carmel to the Bay area and moved north to Humboldt County, where the redwood was more plentiful. During this time he met and married Marilyn Landon. Marilyn managed the galleries in the Monterey area and helped grow the business exponentially. By the 1980s, the Bucks were distributing furniture all over the world.
In the 1990s Burlwood Industries went through turmoil and business slowed. It wasn’t until 2005, with the internet boom, that George established Redwoodburl.com. This new business entity focused mainly on small, redwood items such as vases, turning blocks, and slabs.
In 2008 the business was passed on to Landon Buck, Marilyn and George’s son. Landon turned the business into what it is today, Redwood Burl Inc. Since then, the business has grown considerably. It has moved to larger facilities due to increasing production and inventory. Redwood Burl Inc. is now the largest old growth redwood supplier in the world.
Redwood Burl Inc. is now able to store all cut slabs indoors and out of the elements. We have added kilns for drying. We are also using better equipment that is able to handle larger logs. The company has also looked at the way others in the industry have worked over the years and have instilled policies and procedures to stand out above the rest.
Ethical Product Sourcing
Redwood Burl Inc. takes pride in practicing ethical product sourcing. We go beyond the typical social and environmental considerations. This means we ensure that our products are being salvaged from reliable and trust-worthy sources through ethical practices. Our products are created in safe facilities, by workers who are treated well and paid fair wages to work legal hours.
We respect the environment during the production and manufacture of our products. Most of our clients are concerned with the social and environmental aspects of wood sourcing. They are willing to pay a higher price for quality, responsibly sourced wood. We have been stockpiling wood for years and have acres of cut slabs, which allows us to continue our ethical sourcing practice. We can source from our existing inventory and don’t have to scramble to source the material after the fact from non-reputable sources such as poachers, as some people in this business tend to do. If you would like to learn more about our ethical sourcing practices, feel free to check out our blog post on ethically sourced redwood.
We encourage you to check out these news stories and other articles from around the world that have featured Redwood Burl Inc.
- Saving California’s redwoods
Poachers target redwood trees for their burls, gnarly growths sought after for their unique grain patterns. (Reuters)
- California’s ancient redwood trees under attack
California forest managers are trying to stop chainsaw-wielding poachers who are targeting ancient redwood trees in national and state parks. The thieves are cutting off the trees’ burls – knobby growths prized for their rich wood grains. (April 14, 2014)