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Our live-edge maple slabs are remarkable not just for their size and their beautiful grain patterns, but also for the way in which they come to us:
Generally cut and left as collateral damage from agricultural or timber harvest operations, these maple logs are too big to go to a regular lumber mill. In our post-old growth era, most sawmills have been sized for smaller diameter trees, and logs measuring 20" or more across are simply too big for most mills to bother with.
Instead, these grand trees end up at pulp yards, where the incredible grain patterns, impressive sizes, and rich history of these trees become fodder for the paper-making process. Yes, that's right: these mighty old hardwoods are on the path to becoming paper.
Luckily, our sawyer stalks the pulp yards and rescues the biggest and most beautiful logs, then saws them up into unique and beautiful live-edge slabs, diverting this valuable wood from the waste stream.
These big leaf maple slabs have the warm, rich color for which this species is known, with incredible luster and frequent quilting, curl, and other special grain patterns.
We stock 10/4 live-edge maple slabs in a variety of widths and lengths, each with its own one-of-a-kind grain pattern and edge detail. We can also provide custom sizes for special projects.
Visit our warehouse today and pick out the slab for your special project!
Photo above left: This giant hardwood log is saved from destruction at a pulp yard in the Willamette Valley.
Photo above right: A 36" diameter big leaf maple log awaits the saw and kiln after its rescue from the pulp mill. Many of our slabs still have their moss clinging to the live edges.
From fences to planter boxes, juniper is a versatile species that can be used in many applications. We enjoy using this sustainable wood in new ways and helping promote its harvest in Central and Eastern Oregon.
With this in mind, let us introduce our new Juniper Butcher Block! We're stocking these pre-made butcher block panels in a variety of lengths and can customize them to suit your unique projects.
Plus, this butcher block option is quite affordable: Just $30 per square foot for the stocked sizes!
Here are the specifications:
Kiln-dried juniper from restoration projects in Central Oregon
Stocked sizes 1 1/2" x 26 1/2" x lengths up to 8'
Custom sizes up to 48" x 16'
Unfinished, with square edges
Sanded to 120-grit finish
Last month, Governor Kitzhaber officially designated the Western Juniper Utilization Group as an Oregon Solutions project.
This means that state funding will be designated to help "unlock the potential of rangeland restoration and juniper harvested from public and private lands," according to Oregon Solutions.
The goal is to spur landscape restoration and economic development in rural communities.
Sustainable Northwest Wood is proud to participate with this group, which will be active in 13 juniper-afflicted Oregon counties.
Members of the group will work with a variety of private businesses, environmental groups, and government agencies to seek solutions to the problem of juniper's spread. They will also develop a statewide marketing plan to help support landscape restoration efforts and make this beautiful, durable wood more widely available.
Click here to read media coverage about the group and its plan of action, and visit Oregon Solution's Western Juniper Utilization Group webpage here.