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In The News Archive
This week we are remembering the incredible life and impact of folk musician Pete Seeger, who passed away on Monday at the age of 94. Like many people, Crossroads’ founder Marc Mandel is a great admirer of Seeger, and the spirit of Pete’s music and work has been an inspiration for Crossroads Recycled Lumber and the nature of our operation.
Pete Seegar sang and fought for the rights of workers like the loggers and millhands whose labors we strive to honor by salvaging and reusing the old timbers they made. He was an environmental activist in his music and in his daily life, something that is obviously a big part of what we do.
Along with playing great music of his own, Pete revived and popularized many old, beautiful folk songs. He not only preserved history and honored the great works of the artists who created these songs, but he also gave the music new life and new meaning for a new generation. On a more profound level, this is what we aim to do with our products at Crossroads. This is why we feel like we are not JUST a lumber yard.
Thank you, Pete, for all that you did with your life.
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.
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:
|20X20X35’4″ (PNT)||18X18X24′ (CRL)|
|20X20X35’9″ (PNT)||20X20X24′ (CRL)|
|20X20X40′ (PNT)||20X20X26′ (CRL)|
|20X20X22’7″ (PNT)||22X22X26′ (CRL)|
strikethru have been sold since the writing of this article.
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.
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 StopWaste.org, 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 StopWaste.org website at http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=775
Click here to see photos of the split decking from Building 802 on display in Whole Foods, Blossom Hill in San Jose.
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.
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!
Crossroads was featured in Wood-Mizer Way Magazine #70, in the article “Reclaiming the Past.”
An excerpt from the story:
“Forests fell and, sometimes, men died, in producing that lumber,” [Marc Mandel] says. “Workers invested their lives and skills manufacturing it. It seems wrong to waste the labor and energy of the past when we can, today, reuse the wood to provide continued benefit to our community.”