Green Building Materials Archive

New Inventory & A Happy New Year!

Monday, January 4th, 2016
Reclaimed Doug Fir Ceiling

Old Patina Wire Brushed Douglas Fir Beams and Ceiling Paneling Reclaimed from Port of Oakland

Dear Friends and Customers,

As we leave 2015 behind us, our company would like to thank you for your continued patronage and support!  As you know, we are a small business, and we pride ourselves on doing exceptional work that helps our local economy and contributes positively to the ecologies of the forests of California and the world.

Events in the past couple of years have led to the arrival of two enormous sources of inventory at the Crossroads Recycled Lumber yard.  The first, and most exciting, is the arrival of timbers and decking from the Port of Oakland, the former Oakland Army Depot.

The quality and historic value of this wood cannot be overstated.  This lumber expands our current inventory by half!  It includes several hundred thousand board feet of Douglas Fir 2X6 and 2X8 Tongue & Groove Decking, plus beams at 4X12X22′, 6X6, 6X12, and 10X22 at 31′ and 32′ in length. Negotiations for procuring this wood took several years and a heck of a lot of work from our owner, Marc, who monitored parts of this project since 2007 and worked with the demolition crew during part of the tear down.  Watch’s video about the beginning of the project! (more…)

Viking Boat Carved from Salvaged Sugar Pine

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

From our friend in Port Townsend, Ron Myhre, who carved the prow of this beautiful Sugar Pine Viking Boat:

“…it was a one-off happening in San Diego for the epic series The Vikings on the History channel. Took place on the roof of a hotel in San Diego during Comic-con 2013 transforming the rooftop into a Viking Village to celebrate the first season of The Vikings for the cast and crew.”

Kudos and credits to Master and Commander Jay Smith (Aspoya Boatworks) Anacortes, WA, traditional Norwegian Boatbuilder and project manager, Dan Packard, Port Townsend,WA, and carver, woodworker, Jack -of-all-trades, Ron Myhre, friend of Pacific Northwest Timbers and Crossroads Lumber.

“Ron is in training in the Norske tradition, the 26th generation to the Kings throne of Norvay, Ronaldo Johannes Myhre. Marc Mandel, world renowned purveyor of all things wood, supplied the much favored wood of choice for this project, Sugar Pine.”

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Historic Church Lumber on its way to CRL!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

This morning a load of historic lumber out of beautiful Saint Joseph’s Church in San Francisco is on a truck, making it’s way to us!   The current church building was erected in 1906.  The wood is old and sturdy rough-cut, full-dimension 2X material, and as far as we can tell is 108 years old.   The structure has been out of use since the 1989 earthquake.  Luckily the contractors are just gutting the building to restore and reinforce it, and this beautiful edifice will remain standing in San Francisco.  The information below is copied directly from NoeHill in San Francisco – Historic Sites and Points of Interest in San Francisco, as is the exterior photo. The interior photo is from the contractors.

St. Joseph's Church    St. Joseph Church Interior

San Francisco Landmark #120
Saint Joseph’s Church, Parish Hall and Rectory
1401 Howard Street At 10th Street
Built 1913

Saint Joseph’s Church, Parish Hall and Rectory have been vacant since they were damaged by the Loma Prieta Earthquake on 17 October 1989, but things are looking up for the neighborhood. The new headquarters of Twitter, Inc. is located just two blocks from Saint Joseph’s Church.

Saint Joseph’s Church is also National Register Listing #82002250.

The following is adapted from San Francisco Planning Commission Resolution No. 8591 dated 22 July 1980.

St. Joseph’s church and parish were founded in 1861 by Rev. Hugh Gallagher, under the direction of California’s first Archbishop, Joseph Alemany. The congregation outgrew the first frame structure, which was followed in 1865 by a structure which was destroyed in the 1906 fire. The cornerstone of the present Neo-Romanesque church, designed by architect John Foley, was laid in April 1913.The church founded two parochial schools in 1867 – one for boys and one for girls – and has had educational facilities at the site since that time. The present parish hall, built in 1906, once served as both the church and school. The Young Men’s Institute, a fraternal organization, was founded here in 1883, and was expanded into chapters nationally.

St. Joseph’s Church and complex has had important meaning to many ethnic groups in the city, not just to its South of Market parishioners. The complex reflects the many social and economic changes in the city, and is an example of a church coping with these conditions, to remain a vital force in the city.

From its originally predominantly Irish parishioners, the Church now [1980] serves a primarily Filipino parish, the largest in the United States. In April, 1979, the Image of the Santo Niño de Cebu, the Philippines’ patron saint, was enthroned in the church.

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…)

Brewery Reclaims Ocean Heritage in Bar Top

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Ship-Wreck timbers, mid-installation

Ship-Wreck Timber Bar, mid-installation at the Diamond Knot Brewpub in Mountlake Terrace, photo by Sherry

Basically brined in salt water, these beams are heavy and still carry some of the ocean’s bottom on their skins. Shells, sand, spots where decayed chain rotted away, colors of iron and bits of rocks defiantly cling to their sides. This, my friends, spells love. Running my hands along the rough surface, I could feel the ocean’s hold.

-Sherry, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, a Pacific Northwest Timbers customer


We love when our customers really GET IT, and are as excited about our lumber as we are!  Recently Sherry, the “Chief Storyteller” and “All-Around Octopus” at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, made a visit to our sister company, Pacific Northwest Timbers in Port Townsend, WA, looking for a new bar top with an old soul.  Sherry walked away with one of our 12X24 “Big Sticks” out of Port of Stockton for the Diamond Knot’s Mukilteo, WA Alehouse, and came back for one of our Ship Timbers for the bar in their Brew Pub in Mountlake Terrace, WA.

Diamond Knot is named for a ship that wrecked off the coast of Washington in 1947, much like the Canadian Exporter that took our Ship Timbers down to the ocean floor in 1921.  You can read about Sherry’s experience finding her bar tops and falling in love with the Ship Timbers here, in the Diamond Knot Blog.

Our remaining ship timbers, salvaged from the wreck of the Canadian Exporter, are in the following dimensions:

18X18X20′ (PNT) 20X20X35’4″ (PNT) 18X18X24′ (CRL)
18X18X20’3″ (PNT) 20X20X35’9″ (PNT) 20X20X24′ (CRL)
18X18X20’8″ (PNT) 20X20X40′ (PNT) 20X20X26′ (CRL)
18X18X21’3″ (PNT) 20X20X22’7″ (PNT) 22X22X26′ (CRL)
18X18X22’4″ (PNT) 22X22X22′ (PNT)
18X18X23’5″ (PNT) 24X24X38’11” (PNT)
18X18X24’8″ (PNT)
18X18X30″ (PNT)  
18X18X41′ (PNT)

Timbers with strikethru have been sold since the writing of this article.

FOR SALE: Miscellaneous Siding & Paneling

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Miscellaneous off-cuts and jacket boards for paneling and rough siding.

“Jacket boards” are what we call the old patina strips we cut off of beams when we re-saw them to make them look new.

May be thick or thin from 3/8” to 1-1/4”, various widths.  Minimum 500 SF @ $0.25 and up, depending on condition.


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FOR SALE: 2X6 and 2X12 Roughcut Doug Fir 11′-12′

Monday, December 16th, 2013

2x6x11’ to 12’  and 2x12x11’ to 12’  Roughcut Douglas Fir $1.50/BF ($18 each for 2X6X12, $36 each for 2X12X12)

These are salvaged from a Papermill in Hollister, CA.

There is some type of oil on them, so they are no good for interior use, but very nice stock for exterior.

Big Timbers from Forks, Washington

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

At Crossroads we often document the historical origin of our material. It can be a challenging task to get an accurate history about structures and businesses that have been dismantled. We recently had an order for one of our large timbers from furniture maker William Stranger.  William was thrilled with the beauty of the wood and wanted to know its story.

Russ Gammon, Marc Mandel, & John Hunt

Russ Gammon (IGL) Marc Mandel (CRL) and John Hunt at a McMillan Bloedell Sawmill teardown in Port Alberni, BC 1996

In this case, Marc Mandel, owner of Crossroads, was the perfect data source. When asked about the history of the lumber he responded from memory,

“That 12x18x24’ Fir timber has an interesting story.  It originally came from Forks, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula.  We called the wood the “Forks Clear”.  In 1995, a friend in the reclaimed wood business, John Hunt (ReTech Wood Products) was hiking in the woods and spotted some old mossy logs that loggers had left long ago. (more…)

“Recycled wood: the truly green key to a sustainable built environment”

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Doug Fir beams

Douglas Fir beams salvaged from the old North Fork Mill

The Britsh news website, The Guardian mentioned our company in an excellent article on recycling lumber. According to journalist Leon Kaye’s research…

Of the approximate 70m tons of wood sent to landfill annually, the US government estimates 30m tons of it could have been reused…. But while aluminium, glass, paper and plastic are often culled for recycling from construction sites prior to final disposal, wood is overlooked and is about 17% of the waste that ends up in municipal dumps.

Check out Leon Kaye’s article “Recycled wood: the truly green key to a sustainable built environment”




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.