Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Sustainably Sourced Wood

All of our redwood comes from trees that have been lying dead in the woods for over 100 years. In the old days, logging was very wasteful and often anything with a lot of figuring in the wood grain was thrown aside. The preference at that time was for straight grain. Many old stumps were left behind back then that today bear lovely slabs and blocks of art wood.

We only use acceptably sourced wood and no live trees are ever cut. Once we clean the wood, we slab it. Some wood is fully dry when we cut it, our better wood usually sells before it is fully dry.

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Is it normal for there to be rot and cracks in my wood?

Because our woods are “rustic”, small cracks or small pockets of rot are normal, but can be easily cleaned out. We will not sell you wood that is not structurally sound.

What does “burl” mean?

Burl is a growth on the tree in which the grain has grown in some kind of a deformed manner. It is typically found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on the tree trunk or a branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.

What is “curly” or “straight grain”?

Curly grain is what occurs when the longitudinal cells grow in waves and these tend to have more character. Straight grain wood is characterized by wood fibers that run parallel to the long axis of the piece.

What is a live edge?

Live edge or natural edge is a style of furniture where the carpenter incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Some leave the natural holes and cracks in the wood while other artists fill them with resins.

What is Black Redwood?

You may have seen some of our products that are labeled as black redwood. Sounds like an oxymoron, right?

Black Redwood. Click to view larger!

We get questions about this product all the time, including:

Is it red or black?

Well, it’s both! Black redwood can have both black and red together, or as less commonly found, can be all black. The color of the black also comes in many different shades, ranging from light grey to midnight black.

When a piece of redwood has both red and black, the black is found on the edges of the pieces and streaked through the wood.

Does it come from the same tree?

Yes, black redwood comes from redwood trees that have turned black. This differs from walnut trees, which have tree species of light-colored wood and dark-colored wood. Black redwood is redwood that has blackened.

Why did the redwood turn black?

The process of redwood becoming black is through the absorption of minerals. This takes a very long time to do so, which makes it hard to find this type of wood. Redwood absorbs minerals in two ways: through the soil and when it lays in water. These special minerals make the wood darker, and turn it into the beautiful wood we love.

Why do the colors vary?

Color variation on the black redwood is determined by two things: how long the wood was absorbing the nutrients and how much nutrients were absorbed. The first part to turn black is the outer edges, and then it starts going towards the middle. Both variations are beautiful!

Why is black redwood more expensive?

Yes, black redwood is more expensive than other similar products for multiple reasons. One reason is because it is very rare. It is even more rare than lace burl. It is not easy to find black redwood, so it is not sold often. Another reason is because the process of turning it black takes a very long time. This is also why it is rare to find.

Summary

Black redwood is redwood that has absorbed nutrients that turn it black. There are many variations of black redwood, determined by the amount of nutrients and time absorbed. These minerals are found in the soil and in water.

Find out more: About our Superior CA Redwood
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