Leafy Landon Buck Standing Next
to a 1000-plus-year Old Stump
Back in the late 1800's and early 1900's when a
majority of the largest redwoods were harvested, loggers stood on spring
boards sometimes ten to fifteen feet from ground level. This was done
because the mills only wanted straight-grained redwood. The bottoms of the
trees had too much curl in them to be structurally sound for making lumber.
One hundred years later, outlying areas are being cleared to make way for
new homes, roads and harvesting of second growth redwood and other types
of second growth trees. Our crews salvage these 100-plus-year old stumps
from the outlying areas and bring them to our mill to be milled into a variety of
it is this curl and or burl which gives our wood character and makes our
salvaged Sequoia redwood a highly-prized commodity.
Some of these stumps are from trees over
one thousand years old. Digging up stumps requires some pretty fancy
maneuvers involving heavy excavating machinery.
World's Largest Burl! Yes, that is
George Buck on the Far Right!