About the Wood
All About the Old-Growth Redwood
Most of the trees that produce Old-Growth Redwood were alive for over 1,500 years, but due to over-logging a small, select amount of this wood is available now. Many of the old-growth redwoods were cut down to build decks, paneling, fence posts, and even railroad ties. Since the 1850’s approximately 95% of the old-growth coast redwoods were cut down. The wood comes from very old (1,500-3,500+) and large trees that grew slowly over time due to the shade and competition from other trees. As a result of the lack of sunlight, the trees have tighter rings and denser wood.
Why Is It So
Old-Growth Redwood is a remarkable quality wood from trees that are over 200 years old. The wood comes from left over logs that were logged between 1880 and 1970, during the first logging of the forest. The Old-Growth Redwood is exceptionally resistant to decay and can be found in near perfect condition after sitting outdoors for 130 years. Woodworkers value this type of wood not only for its beauty but also for its durability. Old-growth redwood is resistant to cracking, rot damage and insects and is extremely strong, especially compared to new growth. It can be left out in harsh weather year round, without requiring maintenance.
What Can It Be
Old-growth Redwood can be used for a long list of projects. The wood is perfect for tables, outdoor furniture, decks, musical instruments, and many more projects! The old-growth redwoods tight rings, denser wood, and uniqueness create a beautiful piece for any of your projects. Heartwood color can span from pinkish-brown to a beautiful deep-reddish brown with purple hues. In regards to the grain, it can range from a straight, wavy, curly, patterned grain with a coarse texture. Woodworkers value this wood for its beauty in color, grain, and texture since its beauty is natural and easily achieved.
Resources for this wood are continuously diminishing, which is why we are sustainably salvaging this wood through forrest restoration.