Mar 26, 2014

Green Hammer Sets the Standard for Sustainable Wood Sourcing

By KC

 Green Hammer Sets the Standard for Sustainable Wood Sourcing

Since its creation in 2002, local design-build firm Green Hammer has truly put its money where its mouth is when it comes to using only the most sustainable lumber and wood products available.

Every Green Hammer project is built with lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Green Hammer was the first contractor in the United States to achieve its own chain-of-custody certification from FSC, and founder Stephen Aiguier is an ardent advocate for the advanced forestry techniques embodied by FSC's auditing system.

FSC is, of course, only one way to measure the sustainability of wood products. Other sources including urban salvage and reclaimed timbers can also provide legitimately green lumber, and Green Hammer regularly employs these sources in its projects.

Back in 2005, before FSC wood was readily available at local lumberyards, Stephen was frustrated by the difficulty in sourcing good wood.  He teamed up with local forester Peter Hayes to establish the Build Local Alliance, a pioneering non-profit that helps connect builders and designers to local sawmills and wood sources.

Sustainable Northwest Wood is a member and supporter of the Build Local Alliance, and much of our wood comes from mills that have achieved continued growth and success thanks to the networking connections enabled by Stephen's early leadership and vision.

These days, due in large part to forward-thinking builders like Green Hammer who insist on their use, FSC lumber and other kinds of uber-local, deep-green wood are readily available to Portland builders through Sustainable Northwest Wood, the Build Local Alliance, and a rich network of salvage and reclaimed operations.

Green Hammer continues to make beautiful use of these wood products in each of its projects, setting an example for other builders while supporting local sawmills and forest restoration projects.

We applaud and thank the folks at Green Hammer for their hard work and continued commitment to sustainable wood.

Photo at top: The cedar fascia on this home is FSC 100%, sourced through Sustainable Northwest Wood and the Build Local Alliance.
Photo below: The Doug fir trim shown is this photo is FSC, as are the framing, plywood, and all other structural wood materials that comprise this artful home.

 

 
Feb 14, 2014

Local businesses put sustainable wood to work in offices and reception rooms

By KC

Local businesses put sustainable wood to work in offices and reception rooms

Whether you're designing an office from the studs up or need a quick and easy solution to spruce up your current space, we've got the wood to help.

Our pre-made butcher block tops are ideal for quick and easy office makeovers. Use them for desk tops, conference tables, and other surfaces.

These tops are available in six different species starting at just $26 per square foot, all locally sourced and sustainably harvested. We also offer custom sizes and thicknesses for your special project.

For dramatic custom conference tables and reception desks, our live-edge slabs set the standard. Choose the size and species and your woodworker can customize it for you.

Or use our Northwest hardwood lumber in any species for custom cabinetry, desks, tables, millwork and trim.

Photo at top right: Live-edge blue pine makes a memorable conference table
Photos from below left: Pre-made juniper butcher block was a quick and affordable solution for this office's desks and reception area tables; a custom juniper slat wall adds texture and warmth to this West Linn dental office; the Oregon Zoo uses live-edge maple slabs for custom display tables.



 
Jan 24, 2013

For the love of live-edge slabs

By KC

For the love of live-edge slabs

One enduring design trend that we love is the live-edge slab. As individual as the tree that yielded it, this natural cut of wood retains the unique lines of the trunk along one or two edges, giving each finished piece a completely one-of-a-kind profile.

While people have certainly been using slabs of wood as work surfaces for millennia, the modern live-edge look dates back to the 1940's, when famed furniture designer George Nakashima first introduced it in his collection for Knoll.  His passion for nature is clearly expressed in the highlighting of the uniqueness of each piece of wood.

These days, live-edge is commonly used for dining and conference tables, coffee and console tables, bar tops, reception desks, and some positively dreamy headboards. While it is often executed in a rustic way, the organic element of the wild edge provides relief from the hard materials commonly used in modern design. It pairs especially well with bare concrete and helps soften the lines in a harshly linear space.

We keep live-edge slabs in stock in Portland, ready to be transformed into your work of art. Click here for the available species.  We also have more photos of recent installations posted on our gallery.

 

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