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The Green Benefits of Redwood

How Good and Green Redwood Really Is

Redwood repels termites and its ability to resist rot enables it to last for generations—the supurb green architect resources for your green dream home! One of the most dimensionally stable of western softwoods, redwood is not prone to checking or splitting, therefore is less damaged by weathering. Redwood is decay-resistant in all heartwood grades, so heartwood can be used near the ground. Redwood is more insect repellant in all-heartwood grades than any other softwoods, yet it is lightweight.

Although one of the lightest of softwoods, redwood provides adequate strength for many uses, as well as superior insulation values. Redwood's minute cell structure, with thousands of air filled cavities, enables redwood's thermal insulation values. Redwood is easily machined, easy to saw, nail, glue, and has superior finish-holding ability. Redwood is known for its easy maintenance and beautiful color. Redwood is often used where high moisture levels are a problem with other types of wood.

Within our Web site we have a brochure library of Redwood Idea Resources; with numerous ideas including project plans...from "living green" to exterior finishes, and many do-it-yourself projects. Find out what California Redwood can do for you!

Redwood is also excellent for home furnishings. Browse our Brewery Gulch Inn page, Custom Furniture and Redwood Online Photo Gallery for examples of fine redwood tables, chairs, kitchen cabinets and other items.

Green Resources

Speaking of "green," here's some more resources that can inspire your "green" ideas:

Unrivaled Shades of Color

Sinker wood is unique in its colors and grains, from deep rich purples through rich red and rosewood tints, also blond, burgundy and cinnamon brown, as shown in the pictures on this site. The result of more than 135 years in the mineral-rich water of Big River, this redwood is extraordinarily beautiful, with its tight grain and unusual variegated shades. Paneling and wainscoting is a popular use of sinker wood because of its unusual coloring. (The background image in this section is Redwood Burl.)

SHADES OF COLOR PHOTO GALLERY: (Click thumbnail image to view larger image)
Mineralization during the 150 years this redwood lay at the bottom of Big River resulted in colors unique to this exotic wood. Above are deep purple hues.The front door of Brewery Gulch Inn, all crafted from this salvaged redwood.1x8 paneling in the lobby of Brewery Gulch Inn, with battens fastened behind the boards. Shows a mixture of vertical and flat grains. Color variation is typical. Even the red redwood has beautiful and unique coloring The piece of 1x10 on the side of this bookcase shows a mineral stripe down the middle. There are a few of these pieces left for sale. Every piece of this blond, cinnamon and brown redwood was hand-selected for this home remodel in Lake Tahoe, California This leg stock made from salvaged sunken redwood has spectacular colors from being submerged in Big River over 135 years. The paneled bar at, Oakland, California Paneling installed at Brewery Gulch Inn, finished with clear oil. Visit Paneling installed at Brewery Gulch Inn, finished with clear oil. Visit Slatted bench available separately or as part of patio set. Porch swing made with black cats paw burl old growth redwood and vertical grain old growth, all salvaged from Big River. Wood and made-to-order swings, tables, benches. Old growth sinker wood cut 85 percent or better for vertical grains, make colorful masterpiece-type flooring. Can mix with some curly redwood around fireplaces, etc. We hand-select your boards. Beautiful burl furniture. All wood materials available here. Buy the wood alone; or we can create your custom-crafted beauty!

Old Growth Split Rails

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We have old growth split rails available for sale.

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Old Growth Redwood Uses:
  • Beam ceiling designs
  • Timber lodge furniture
  • Post beam cottages
  • One-of-a-kind extreme home makeover
  • Mantel fireplace ideas
  • Custom executive furniture
  • Wood file cabinets
  • Building a deck on a home
  • Solid wood bedroom furniture
  • Traditional wood shutters
  • Building a home bar
  • Wood wine boxes
  • Redwood cupolas
  • Redwood panelized homes
  • Wooden arch bridge for garden or koi pool
  • Exotic custom furniture
  • Beautiful kitchen cabinetry
  • California historic building materials
  • Victorian houses renovation
  • Architects adaptive reuse of San Francisco bay area real estate
  • Desert mountain real estate or Lake Tahoe properties
  • Your luxury condo in Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas luxury homes
  • Scottsdale luxury homes
  • Unique redwood accent for Baha California properties
  • Caribbean vacation home
  • Japanese home architecture
  • Exotic wood timber frame houses
  • Timber frame barn kits
  • Green architect resources
  • LUTHIERS: Instrument quality air-dried redwood for guitars—see this stunning beauty!

Own a Piece of California State History All of our wood is clear all heart salvaged old growth redwood. This salvaged sunken redwood has ax-shaved ends, meaning it was cut before the late-1800s. OriginallyAx-shaved endharvested between 1850 and 1910, this redwood falls into three distinct time periods: 1) A V-shape or "beaver-cut" meant that a log was felled with an axe between 1850 and 1876, when the labor- and time-saving raker-tooth saw was invented. 2) Logs cut with a saw and dragged to the river by mules or oxen were first shaved or edged around their circumference to prevent snagging. Learn more...

Fine Craftsmen and WoodworkersWe gladly interface with owners, contractors, architects, builders, designers and/or their agents to provide you our beautifully colored salvaged redwood. We know old growth redwood and what it can do. Custom bed by Greg GagnonWe hand select every piece of wood we sell, and we absolutely guarantee its quality. Redwood Salvage Sales arranges custom milling to any specifications you define in vertical, flat or mixed grains, and ship directly to your home or workplace. We can ship domestic and internationally. Our orders are shipped to you with no waste at all, every stick usable for its intended purpose. Learn more...

Brewery Gulch InnAWARD WINNINGFournded and built by Arky Ciancutti with his eco-salvaged redwood, Gourmet Magazine (August, 2002) said, "this stylish new hotel sets a SoHo standard for design..." Wine Enthusiast (March, 2003) said that, partly due to this wood, the inn is "A masterpiece of style and design." Sky Magazine (Delta Airlines) wrote in June, 2003, that ...."wood connoisseur Ciancutti used the wood as lavish trim, a worthy tribute to those ancient trees." Learn more....

Myrtlewood AvailableMyrtlewood pieceAll-burl Myrtlewood is available here at Redwood Salvage Sales. We have Myrtlewood slabs 2-1/4" to 3-1/4", all 10' long, up to 44" wide, all book-matched. Air-dried 6 years indoors. One of a kind pieces. Some beautiful furnishings and items have been created by our local craftsmen.

Customer ReviewsCustomer installing their new redwood panelingAnother happy customer installing their new redwood paneling says, "They look beautiful!"—Los Angeles

Read what other customers have to say at our Customer Reviews.

In The NewsMyrtlewood pieceMagazine articles about Redwood Salvage Sales by Robb Report Luxury Home; BUILDERnews; Sawmill & Woodlot Magazine; and The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine. Check it out!

The Salvage StoryA man's journey from doctor to innkeeper in Mendocino County began with dredging sunken timber out of Big River...the recovery of a lost treasure of Northern California!

Green Benefits and Durability of RedwoodRedwood repels termites and its ability to resist rot enables it to last for generations—superb green architect resources for your green dream home! Learn more...

CALL US FOR A PRICE QUOTE: (707) 937-2144
Buy exotic timber direct from Arky Ciancutti, M.D. We arrange custom milling to any specifications you define.
We will work with you, your architect and/or your builder; and ship domestic and international.

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