We made a promise when we first began working with wood to use sustainable methods, whenever possible, to meet consumer demands, without sacrificing beauty or integrity. For the past twelve years, we’ve honored that promise with our continued efforts to source responsible, local wood for our clients, for use in our product lines and our custom projects. We’re proud of the work we do to ensure our wood is good wood so we’re offering information about our main sustainable wood providers.
Small Forest Land Owners
According to the Forest Stewardship Council, there are over 10 million family forests that own more than half the forestland in the United States. In Washington, small forest landowners own more than 3.2 million acres of land, which accounts for nearly half the state's forests. These forests are managed by people who work to keep them healthy, productive and sustainable. They are conservation-based forest and land managers who optimize the ecological potential of the land through planting, thinning and harvesting plans specific to their location. We maintain relationships with many of these family farms, working with the landowners and preservation companies to source local wood that is selectively harvested.
Google salvaged logs used to build their on campus work nest
"Site salvage" refers to the act of salvaging trees from a new construction site or from the grounds of an existing building. Site salvaged furniture and architectural materials used in design grants immediate history to the new place. We’ve worked with several organizations to salvage truckloads of logs or significant individual logs that will become a new residential or commercial site. With the logs from the cleared sites, we are able to craft interior furniture, site-furnishings and architectural materials such as flooring and wood walls for the new home, institutional building or commercial building.
Weyerhaeuser's own tree was crafted into several pieces throughout their new Seattle office space
Customer’s Own Material (COM)
As with site salvage, COM provides an opportunity to create custom wood pieces for a new or renovated building, coupled with a wonderful story of history and repurpose. Wood from client-owned trees does not always mean the trees originally stood on the site where they will end up, but instead can come from other properties including those of family members, other owned sites, demolished building timbers or even responsibly managed and maintained forestland.
Reclaimed or salvaged wood were used for our work with Starbucks, Ibex and Tutta Bella
Salvaged and Reclaimed
When we first began our work, most of our material was salvaged from urban areas. Trees felled from disease or storms, or determined too dangerous to the environment around them found their way to our log yard to be used as future furniture. We also reclaimed a good deal of wood - Fir timbers from an old Dairy Barn in Carnation, Cedar trees that survived a railway fire in Stampede Pass - all of which we gladly accepted and found lasting use for in residential and commercial environments. Today, we still work with tree service companies, farms and land owners to accept both salvaged and reclaimed wood.
Ensuring our materials come from responsible sources is time-consuming, detailed work that requires extra effort. We do our best to keep the costs of that effort to a minimum and to remind our clients that the benefits are many and can mean a better quality, and more importantly, a better story - one that our customers are always proud to tell. Reach out to us to learn more about our past and current sustainable use projects or to begin working with us on your next project.
To see our complete list of wood sources, click here.