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What goes better with the sleek lines of an iPad than a rustic chunk of live-edge wood?
Based on the work of the fellows at Block & Sons, nothing! These Portland crafters sculpt beautiful stands for iPads out of local, sustainable wood, which are then finished traditionally with linseed oil and beeswax.
We love the juxtaposition of the uber-modern device nestled into the wild lines of the blocks.
The blocks can be purchased via the Block & Sons website, Portland shop Beam & Anchor, and other fine boutiques around the country.
Here's a photo of the juniper stand:
There are many benefits to constructing your raised bed with Juniper lumber. Restoration Juniper is long-lasting, beautiful, and chemical-free lumber that supports family-run mills committed to restoring Northwest ecosystems. Juniper lasts much longer than cedar or redwood, up to 50 years or more in ground contact applications because of its naturally high oil content that is decay and rot resistant.
It is genuinely not a good idea to use treated lumber, (the chemicals can leach into your soil and ultimately into your vegetables), so Juniper is a good choice for the environment AND your health.
Let’s take a look at what is required to build a 4-foot by 4-foot raised bed out of Juniper boards...
We get this question a lot. All the time. And the short answer is: Not always.
In fact, oftentimes our FSC, local wood products are less expensive than the same product, non-certified, sourced from who-knows-where, at nearby Big Box stores.
Case in point: Folks are always surprised at how cost-effective our plywood options are. All of our plywood is FSC certified, locally manufactured, and contains no added urea formaldehyde. We can trace it right back to the mill that makes it and the forest that provides the wood. And because the supply chain is so short, our plywood is often less expensive that the non-certified, mystery-origin plywood at other retailers in the Portland area.
Now with some products, FSC certification will add a bit onto the cost. Most rough estimates generally say between 10% and 20%. This is because the mills that provide FSC dimensional lumber (commodity products like 2x4s and 2x6s) add a certain percentage to cover the costs of the auditing and additional paperwork required to maintain the chain of custody.
So with 2x4s, 2x6s, and other framing lumber, in general most projects should budget a little more to be able to use FSC wood. These products can be combined with less expensive FSC products (such as plywood) to help spread the additional costs out over the budget and minimize or negate any extra costs.
Other FSC items that do not necessarily cost more are our FSC cedar and hardwoods. Because we work directly with local mills, we eliminate the middle men, which works out better for our customers (and helps ensure that our mills are operating in ways that meet our Triple Bottom Line goals).
Ways that builders and homeowners can minimize the added costs of FSC lumber are: