Salvaging the Wood

It is not necessary to cut standing trees for our offerings at RedwoodBurlSource.com! All the wood slabs and burls that we offer have been ethically salvaged from Redwood trees that were already cut decades ago, usually 100 years ago.

This vintage wood offers amazing figuring and character that is simply no longer available from younger trees. Back in the day 100 years ago, logging was very wasteful. Stumps and entire sections of cut trees were left in the forest because they were “too figured”.

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This amazing wood could be discovered in several ways. It was washed up on beaches, sometimes in the form of burl-rich root masses, shown below. Transporting logs by sea in “rafts” (done before the advent of modern trucking and highways) resulted in many massive logs being lost in the water during transit.

These photos were taken back when salvaging from beaches was not prohibited… Nowadays, removing any wood from beaches is usually illegal.

Stumps left over from logging long ago can yield very fine burlwood and could be salvaged with permission. Shown below, accessing an ancient old-growth Redwood stump, logged off around the turn of the century, for salvage cuts of beautiful figured wood. In right-hand photo below, logger Robert Rakestraw is working about ten feet below the ground level in a hollow stump! Cutting from inside the stump sometimes gives you a better idea of where to cut, to capture the unique features.

Once the wood burls and slabs are salvaged, we removed the wood with cranes and flatbed trucks to the mill yard for powerwashing, cleaning, sorting, drying, and processing.

How did we handle enormous pieces of wood like this? How about a HUGE chainsaw (below) and a mobile chainsaw mill for slabbing out the Redwood. Then the wood slabs and burls can be stacked for drying and sales.

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Do not attempt any of this at home!!

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