Jan 16, 2012

Live edge slabs add a natural touch

By KC

Live edge slabs add a natural touch

Live edge slabs showcase wood's organic, unpredictable beauty by leaving one side of the piece in its natural state. 

This style is perfect for incorporating an element of surprise to an otherwise predictable surface, adding specialness or a touch of whimsy to benches, countertops, bars, and tables. 

Live edge applications can be achieved using numerous species of trees.  The bark can be left on or sanded off, depending on the degree of authenticity desired. 

Sustainable Northwest Wood stocks live edge slabs including:

  • Big Leaf Maple, sourced from the Willamette Valley
  • Walnut, urban and backyard salvage from the Willamette Valley
  • Juniper, sourced from grassland restoration projects in Eastern Oregon
  • Campground Blue Pine, beetle-kill trees salvaged from public parks and campgrounds
  • Zena Doug Fir, harvested from an oak grove restoration project in Rickreall

Give us a call or stop by to see current inventory!

Looking for inspiration?  This blog post offers great ideas for incorporating live edge wood into kitchen countertops ranging from super-sleek to very rustic.  This post on Apartment Therapy shares beautiful photos of live edge slabs used for dining tables.

Here are a few photos of our live edge slabs used in recent projects. From top left :
Live Edge Big Leaf Maple by Windfall Lumber
Live Edge Big Leaf Maple by Hammer & Hand
Live Edge Juniper bench with bark
Live Edge Campground Blue Pine by FP Design

 

 
Dec 28, 2011

Dreaming of next year's garden? Think juniper!

By KC

Dreaming of next year's garden? Think juniper!

Garden enthusiasts everywhere sooth their wintertime blues by poring over the pages of next year's seed catalogues, dreaming of what to put where and the beautiful blooms and bounty that their gardens will produce once warm weather returns.

As you contemplate the shape that your garden will take in the coming year, don't forget to consider the materials that hold it all together!  Juniper is an ideal replacement for the pressure-treated lumber that is often used to build raised garden beds, arbors, fences, and other backyard essentials.  Juniper lasts longer outside that pressure-treated fir, plus it is chemical-free, so you won't be introducing questionable substances into your soil. 

And, of course, your purchase of juniper supports family-run mills in Eastern Oregon and a constructive use for this intrusive species.

Sustainable Northwest Wood keeps juniper 6" x 6" and 2" x 6" landscaping timbers in stock and can quickly and efficiently help you source other dimensions, too.  Be sure to view the juniper photos in our Gallery and visit our Juniper page for more information about this durable, beautiful, and sustainable wood!

 
Nov 22, 2011

Juniper Country: A fact-finding mission

By KC

Last week I was fortunate to be able to embark on a fact-finding mission to Eastern Oregon, with the goal of learning more about where Sustainable Northwest Wood's juniper comes from and the route it travels between the forest and our warehouse.

It was certainly an eye-opening outing: The spread of juniper is surprisingly vast, with seedlings and young trees covering many mountain slopes, from Fossil eastward. 

Most of these are young trees, just a few decades old (note the bevy of baby trees in the photo above).  It is easy to imagine how the landscape will be altered in the coming years, morphing from open sagebrush steppe into dense woodland, barren of the grasses and shrubs that historically hosted much of Oregon's wildlife. 

How will these animals evolve to survive in such a different ecosystem in the span of just a few decades?  Chances are, they won't.

This is why the work of the brave folks who are pioneering a juniper industry is so important. They are striving to show that juniper can be cut, the landscape can be restored, jobs can be created in communities that are desperate for them, and the broader marketplace will support their work by buying the wood. 

We look forward to continuing our work with Oregon's juniper mills, doing our part to help develop the market for their wood, selling it at a price that allows them to grow their businesses and create conservation-based  jobs, and making sure reliable standards are developed and enforced to ensure that the wood is cut in a way that minimizes or negates harm to the surrounding plant and animal community.
 

Click here for more photos and information about the trip.

 

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