Redwood - Forest to Furniture

In 1850 redwoods covered 2 million acres, then came the unfettered clear-cutting that built California's cities.  95% of redwoods were destroyed. Now these forests are regrowth, with 150-year young sprouts outlining the stumps of their dead parents.  

Such stumps are like the ruins of a former empire, as are the logs along the river bottoms that sunk while mill-bound or on the forest floor abandoned due to imperfections.

It's from these remnants that Steve and John Crowningshield are building the Mendocino Heritage Furniture Company.[2]  They use 99% reclaimed redwood and a bio-diesel mill to create rare and valuable furniture.  "Elegant simplicity" is Steve's design motto.

Steve with a set of redwood chairs.

Redwood table and chairs in Steve's kitchen.

John milling bishop pine for a new barn.

[1] "Coast Redwoods," Save the Redwoods League [link]
[2] Mendocino Heritage Furniture Company [website, facebook page]

See more from my visit to California.


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