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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:
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:
As more people learn about the benefits of FSC certified wood and seek to use it in their projects, we field questions from around the country about where to find these products.
Whether you're a homeowner in central Florida or a cabinet maker in Queens, it can sometimes be a challenge to source the FSC wood you want -- or need -- to use in your project.
Rest assured, FSC certified alternatives do exist and can be found. Here are some ways you can track them down in your area:
FSC provides a handy tool to help you search for certified products in your area. Called the Marketplace, this handy tool is still in development, so if you can't find what you're looking for on this website, don't despair, it my still be available. Here's the link: http://marketplace.fsc.org/.
The best tool might be right at your finger tips: A great way to find FSC products is to perform a Google search with area- or product-specific targeted keywords, i.e. "FSC lumber Orlando" or "FSC hardwood plywood."
The DIY set can inquire at their local Home Depot, which has been working with FSC certified products since the 90's. In most stores, their FSC offering is somewhat limited, so be sure to look for the trademark FSC logo.
Shoppers in the Bay Area can refer to the local Sierra Club chapter's handy FSC shopping guide.
Many locally-owned, independent lumber yards also can procure FSC wood, even if they don't stock it. So be sure to ask the sales staff for FSC, and be persistent in your queries. The more that folks like you demand FSC, the more it will be available across the country!