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We Are Now FSC Certified!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
"The FSC trademarks provide a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy come from responsible sources" -Forest Stewardship Council

“The FSC trademarks provide a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy come from responsible sources” -Forest Stewardship Council

2013 was a fantastic year for Crossroads Recycled Lumber.  We finally were able to shake the drag of the shattered economy, and our investment in infrastructure and marketing over the last two years really paid off.  One of the more exciting new developments here is that Crossroads is now certified by the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM!

What Is FSC Certification?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that helps consumers protect the world’s forests by providing certification that sourcing for lumber products is environmentally appropriate, socially responsible, and economically viable for the world’s forests and the communities that depend on them.  FSC certifies forests, as well as vendors of forest products down the “chain of custody,” from lumber yards to paper mills.

What changes does FSC certification mean for Crossroads’ business practices?  Just a lot more paperwork for our office staff!  Crossroads Recycled Lumber has been providing lumber products that surpass the FSC standards since we began in 1981. But for our customers, FSC certification is a third party guarantee of our dedication to preservation and sustainable forestry.  And lumber certified as FSC Recycled garners twice the LEED points as regular FSC. (more…)

Heidelberg Brewery Leaves Lumber Legacy

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


Douglas Fir 14X20, 16X20, 12 to 15 foot lengths from Heidelberg Brewery in Tacoma, WA

Douglas Fir 14X20, 16X20, 12 to 15 foot lengths
from Heidelberg Brewery in Tacoma, WA

A stroll through the Crossroads Recycled Lumber yard with a well-informed salesperson is a lesson in California state history.  From early California adobe homes, to rural sawmills, to glamorous Hollywood movie studios, our lumber represents the people of the Golden State and the stories of their lives.  With Pacific Northwest Timbers in its 3rd year, we are thrilled to be stacking up a warehouse of Washington State History, as well!

In 2011 Pacific Northwest Timbers received a shipment of high-quality large-dimension Douglas Fir timbers from the Columbia-Heidelberg Brewery in Tacoma.  The timbers include 10×16, 14×20 and 16×20 posts and beams that are currently for sale at the PNT yard in Port Townsend.  Like the rest of our inventory, these sticks have a remarkable story to tell.


Coming Full Circle: Lumber Reclaimed from California’s Lumber Mills

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
North Fork Mill 1940s

North Fork Mill, 1940s. The front building is gone,
but the roof seen in the back left now houses CRL!

Here at the Crossroads Recycled Lumber yard we’ve salvaged millions of board feet of reclaimed lumber and timbers over the years.  Every plank and beam was once part of a majestic tree, felled with a chainsaw, or by hand with a crosscut saw depending on the era, and shaped by millhands, in forests and mills across North America.

The Crossroads Recycled Lumber yard sits on the site of the old North Fork Mill, so we are reminded every day of the legacy that our wood leads.  Over the years as the timber industry has declined, we have collected beams and trusses from sawmills deconstructed up and down the West Coast.

Logging remains one of the top two most dangerous jobs in America, and our lumber from these mills pays homage to the hard work of loggers, mill hands, and millwrights and the role they played in American History.  It is a special honor for us to be able to help preserve the timbers from these mills through reuse.


Rescued Blue-Stained Pine Lumber from Local Standing Dead

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Striking Blue-Stained Pine Paneling, Freshly Milled

Striking Blue-Stained Pine Paneling, Freshly Milled.  Note the bug holes at top right.

We’d like to share with you some inventory with a very different look. Our Blue-Stained Pine is unique in that it is some of our only inventory that is not reclaimed and recycled lumber, but rather rescued.


In the Sierra Nevada foothills where the Crossroads Lumber yard is located, there is a Western Bark Beetle epidemic. Driving up Road 225 in North Fork, visitors to Crossroads can see hundreds of standing dead and dying Sugar Pine, Ponderosa Pine, and Douglas Firs in the Sierra National Forest behind our yard.

These dying trees will become a fire hazard, and so Crossroads has taken action to procure some of the standing dead trees before they rot and are no longer usable lumber.  We feel this is the most environmentally appropriate action to take.


Reclaimed Redwood

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The California Redwoods: Earth’s Tallest Trees

Quality Wood
Named for its uniquely rich hue, Reclaimed Redwood is sought after for internal paneling projects to show off the deep varying shades of earthy red. Striking as it is inside, Redwood is also valued for external siding not only for it’s appearance, but also because it is rot-resistant.

Most of our Redwood stock was cut from old growth Redwood trees; you can see it in the tightness of the wood’s grain. Logging of old growth Redwoods has been tremendously reduced, and this recycled material simply cannot be matched by new wood.

Our Inventory
Crossroads’ salvage Redwood stock is very diverse, from tank wood that is clear and makes perfect lumber (with the exception of some occasional iron oxide staining), to our Redwood “Pitwood” that is very rough. We also have Redwood timbers salvaged from the demolition of Pacific Lumber Company’s Mill B in Scotia, California that are a bit rough but can be sawn into very nice stock with some big bolt holes with black stain.


Historic Large-Dimension Ocean Salvage Timbers

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
The Canadian Exporter Breaks in Half 1921 Copyright Columbia River Maritime Museum

The Canadian Exporter Breaks in Half 1921 Copyright Columbia River Maritime Museum


Some of the most intriguing lumber we have in stock was never used in construction, and yet still considered salvage timbers.  These beams are believed to have been loaded onto a Canadian ship in 1921 that wrecked off the Pacific Coast.

In early 2010 as a beach near the wreck eroded, the shipwreck became exposed and the cargo began washing ashore. The Canadian Exporter was carrying 3 million board feet of lumber plus 200 tons of other cargo, heading from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon and then on to Asia, according to a story in the Seattle Times.   Some of the timbers that Crossroads and our sister company, Pacific Northwest Timbers now have in inventory were found by locals and hauled ashore with a tow truck, a few others were discovered just beneath the waters’ surface by a local oyster fisherman.


Recycled Lumber from Warner Bros Studios

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Cropped from the trailer of "The Petrified Forest" (1936)

As much as our company is about natural resource conservation and providing beautiful, quality lumber, we are also dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of our built environment.

Crossroads has a limited supply of wonderful Douglas Fir from the 1936 Warner Bros. prop and studio Building 89 deconstructed in 2008. This lumber has seen many of the greats of the silver screen over nearly 80 years.  We are proud to offer this bit of motion picture history in our inventory, thanks to the recycling efforts of Warner Bros. Studios.

The vintage Douglas Fir beams from the 1936 building include:

  • 2″X12″X14′ full dimension rough sawn: These were the floor joists from Building 89
  • 8″X14″X11′ originally surfaced four sides: These were the girders holding up the 2X12 joists.


Antique Genuine and Recreated Barn Siding

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Genuine Old Barn Siding on a Wyoming Guest Ranch

Genuine Old Barn Siding on a Wyoming Guest Ranch

We have great news to share with you! We’ve opened a yard in Washington state! Pacific Northwest Timbers, LLC, the newborn sister company to Crossroads Recycled Lumber, LLC, is up and running at 130 Seton Road in Port Townsend, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. Click Here for Seattle Area Reclaimed Wood.


The new yard has a sawmill and edger in place as well as moulding capability. You can reach Pacific Northwest Timbers at (360) 379-2792 for an appointment, or contact the Crossroads yard in Central California at the information at the bottom of this e-mail. Before visiting either yard please call for an appointment to be sure that we’ll be able to accommodate you. We look forward to meeting your reclaimed lumber needs in the Northwest!


Now that the news is out about our new yard, we’d love to tell you about one of our reclaimed specialties: Barn Siding. Old Barn Siding is one of the most popular reclaimed products for folks trying to foster a rustic character in their building. Barn Siding can vary greatly in species, color, and quality.