How We Do It

Ethical Burl Salvaging

At Redwood Burl Inc. we take our ethical salvaging seriously. Back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, when the majority of the largest redwoods were harvested, loggers worked standing on spring boards sometimes 10-15 feet from ground level. For the most part, this was done because the mills only wanted straight-grained redwood. The bases and roots of the trees had too much curly grain in them to be structurally sound for making lumber. However, it is exactly this type of grain that makes redwood burl patterns so exceptional.One hundred years later, these previously logged areas are being cleared to make way for new homes, roads, and harvesting of second growth redwood and other types of trees. Professional crews salvage these 100-plus-year old stumps from the outlying areas and bring them to us to be milled into a variety of redwood products.

Landon, standing next to an old growth redwood stump over 1,000 years old

As mentioned, it is this curly and burly grain that gives our wood character and makes our salvaged coastal redwood a highly-prized commodity. Some of these stumps are from trees that are over 1,000 years old! Ethical salvaging of redwood and burl wood is not an easy task. Digging up stumps requires some pretty fancy maneuvers involving heavy excavating machinery. Step by step, we take great care to transport and preserve the logs until they are ready to be custom-crafted into your burl wood furniture.

Below are some pictures from our adventures in hunting wood.