California Redwoods are some of the tallest trees in the world reaching heights of 375’ and can live to be 1000 years old. The largest of the redwoods can have trunks as wide as 20’ across making them by far the largest living thing on the planet. They grow primarily along the foggy coastal bands in California and very southern part of Oregon. They are so tall that they actually absorb water from the tips of their needles as well as from their roots in order to get enough. The old growth redwood can have very beautiful grain patterns with phenomenal figure. It is extremely tolerant to both wood pests as well as moisture rot. Thankfully no more of these ancient giants can be harvested and all the redwood we use is from trees that have already fallen.
Big Leaf Maple
Big leaf Maple trees grow to be 80-100 feet tall and as large 2-3 feet in diameter. The leaves are known to reach 12” across. While not as hard as eastern maple it is still considered a hardwood. The color can range from very light to a light to medium brown. The grain pattern can also vary immensely ranging from very plain and straight to some of the most amazing figure including quilted and Birdseye. Our maple is either sourced from the local mills where it would otherwise be turned into plywood or from homeowners that need them removed.
Black Walnut trees grow to be 100-120 feet tall and usually about 2-3 feet in diameter. Black walnut lumber is a favorite among woodworkers around the world for its ease of workability as well as its fantastic grain patterns. The heartwood ranges from light to deep dark brown and can even appear reddish to purple. Walnut burls and crotches have some of the most incredible figure. We also use what is called claro walnut which is made when grafting the better harvesting black walnut with the stronger root system of English walnut for use in orchards. This wood is incredibly beautiful and is the same wood you see in many of the luxury vehicles these days.
Olive trees grow to be 25-50 feet in height with a normal diameter of 3-5 feet. Olive wood is very hard and extremely dense. The colors can range from yellows and oranges all the way to dark browns and even black. Typically it is a beautifully wavy grain pattern with excellent variation. It is considered holy in other parts of the world, but the olive we source is from the orchards in central California. They are usually removed to make room for younger and better producing trees.
Western Juniper trees can grow as tall as 80-90 feet in some parts of Oregon, but typically are closer to 45 feet in height. Their range is massive, however the juniper we harvest are from the high desert of central Oregon. It is substantially harder than most soft woods although it still falls in that category. The color can vary from white to a deep red and the color breaks are distinct and sharp. The beautiful colors make it an excellent candidate for our jewelry products. The juniper in this area are invasive and can be a hazard during fire season and are often thinned by property owners and state government to avoid wildfires.
Sweet Cherry trees grow to heights of 30-65 feet while their trunks can be up to 1-2 feet wide. It is a hardwood with a color range from light brown to a reddish pink and the grain tends to appear striped. Typically it will be a relatively plain grain pattern but you can get some incredible figure as well, especially in the crotches and burls. The cherry we use is also sourced from local orchard looking to replace older trees with younger trees with a superior harvest.