Green Building Materials Archive

Crossroads Featured in “The Deconstruction of Building 802” Video

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Learn about the salvage process from start to finish! This is an excellent, informative mini-documentary about the deconstruction process, following the disassembly of the Port of Oakland, CA.  Thank you, for all of the work you do to Stop Waste!

Crossroads Recycled Lumber is featured from 3:25-5:33.

“Our clients are pretty conscientious about where their material comes from.  They like the idea of recycled stuff.  We as carpenters like to use [reclaimed wood] because you can’t find this tight grain, old growth stuff anymore.  It’s already dry, and it’s a lot more fun to work with, a lot more stable.”

-Pete Crandall, Crossroads Recycled Lumber customer

Many more resources about this project are available on the website at

Click here to see photos of the split decking from Building 802 on display in Whole Foods, Blossom Hill in San Jose.

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.


Woody Biomass Guys Visit CRL

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Last summer a couple guys came to the North Fork Millsite “investigating options for the processing of woody biomass from local forests.” They took a tour of our yard and learned about reclaimed lumber! Read their blog about the visit here!

Inventory of reclaimed lumber, Photo credit: Woody Biomass Utilization

Video: Resawing 2X6 Doug Fir at Crossroads Lumber

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Check out our guys Merkell and Ray as they resaw nominal 2X6 Douglas Fir Tongue & Groove into 1X6 Ship-Lap for the Blossom Hill Whole Foods in San Jose, CA.  Our wire-brushed old patina 2X6 has been very popular in the last year!

For Sale: 2X12 and 2X6 Recycled Lumber, for Exterior Use

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Full dimension 2″ rough-cut Douglas Fir Reclaimed Lumber, for outside use.

2x6x11’ to 12’  and 2x12x11’ to 12’  Rough-cut Douglas Fir $1.50/BF ($18 each for 2X6X12, $36 each for 2X12X12), $300 minimum purchase.

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.


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“Remaking the Way We Make Things”

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

‎”The question before us is not growth versus no growth, It is: what would good growth look like? And this is a question of intent, of design. What if we grow health instead of sickness, home ownership instead of indigence, education instead of ignorance?” -Architect William McDonough


William McDonough is one of our favorite authors/visionaries here at Crossroads.   Read about his book Cradle to Cradle, and we highly recommend watching his movie, The Next Industrial Revolution.

The Many Faces of Reclaimed Wood

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
A very informative article about the sources and definitions of Reclaimed Wood, from!

The term “reclaimed wood” is used all the time, but it means different things in different settings. 

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.


Local Lumber Conference in Port Townsend

Friday, September 9th, 2011

You are invited to attend Local Lumber, a conference connecting woodworkers with locally produced material featuring Pacific Northwest Timber’s own Jake Jacob on October 1st, 2011. (PNT is a sister company of Crossroads Recycled Lumber.)

Local Lumber

Local Lumber, October 1st, 2011 Fort Worden Bldg 204 200 Battery Way Port Townsend, WA 98368

The goal of this conference is to explore the opportunities and identify the ways in which suppliers, craftsmen and advocates can work together to create a local lumber movement.

Cost is $25.Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register please submit theregistration form on page two of the flier (download below), along with payment.

Contact Kirk Hanson for more information at 360-316-9317 or

Click Here to Download the Local Lumber Flier