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 ten to fifteen feet from ground level. This was done because the mills only wanted straight-grained redwood. The bottoms of the trees had too much curly grain in them to be structurally sound for making lumber.
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. 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.
Today 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 over one thousand years old. Digging up stumps requires some pretty fancy maneuvers involving heavy excavating machinery.
Our main facility is pictured below. We also have several storage locations in the local area where we keep our stockpiles.
Once the redwood is here, it needs to be power washed before it heads to the milling area.
It’s quite a dirty job.
The pieces are then milled to suit their intended purpose – slabs, mantels, bases, or blocks.