How We Do It

Landon, standing next to a Old Growth Redwood Stump over 1,000 years old.
Landon, standing next to an old growth redwood stump over 1,000 years old.

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.

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.

 

Ethical Salvaging of Redwood Trees and Burl - Logs loaded on trailer.
Another load of extra large claro walnut logs to be milled into slabs here in our facility.
26 Foot Large Redwood Stump on Trailer for Hauling
Joey, one of our trusted workers, taking a ride on a giant salvaged redwood, about 26 feet long!
Redwood Giants - Ethical Salvaging - Wood Supply and Raw Burls
Salvaging a 30,000 pound from its hiding spot in a previously logged old growth forest.
Ethical Salvaging - Hauling Redwood Burls through California
Hauling fallen giant redwoods in California for custom slab furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethical Salvaging Redwood Logs and Burl Cuts Slabs Raw Wood Red Wood
Slicing open a giant redwood log so it can fit into our mill.
Arcata Redwood Burl Inc. Wood Work Supply and Storage Yard
Overlooking the east part of our work space. Our yard is where all the dirty work happens – pressure washing, sandblasting, etc.
Jubal power washing stumps to be cut.
Power washing can be quite the dirty job! Before we slab them up, we clean up each piece of salvaged redwood.
Cutting redwood burl slabs
Then, each piece is milled to suit their intended purpose – slabs, mantels, bases, or blocks.