Reclaimed Wood Archive

CRL customers Nelson Treehouse & Supply featured in ABQ!

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Check out our friends and customers at Nelson Treehouse and Supply (from Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters), featured in the latest issue of American Builder’s Quarterly!

Rescued Blue-Stained Pine is the Perfect Accent for Summer Projects

Thursday, May 26th, 2016


Help Crossroads Save Standing Dead Pine from the Sierra Nevada Foothills

It’s the perfect time to start your summer project with Crossroads’ rescued Blue-Stained Pine. As its name suggests, this lumber is remarkable for the shades of blue that streak this golden Ponderosa Pine and Sugar Pine wood—a chemical reaction spurred by the dying trees, which were rescued from the Sierra Nevada foothills where a Western Bark Beetle epidemic has killed 80% of the local Pine and is irreversibly changing the ecosystem.

The U.S. Forest Service reports that the beetle epidemic is due in large part to climate change. Drought-weakened trees are more susceptible to predators. Warmer temperatures allow Western Bark Beetles to reproduce two and three times as often as normal, while late winters extend their lifespan and impact on the woods. Usually by the time a tree shows symptoms of infestations, the beetles have already moved on, and the dying tree cannot be saved.

Furthermore, these dead and dying trees become a fire hazard. Fires are a natural part of the reproductive cycle of trees in the Sierra Nevada, preparing fertile seedbeds for new growth. However, with so many standing dead trees there is greater potential for bigger, hotter and more dangerous fires that span the summer months, destroying thousands of miles of forest and threatening surrounding homes and communities.

The trees themselves are natural wonders. Ponderosa pines can live 400 years or more, while Sugar pines can live past 500. In rescuing them before they’re lost to rot or fire, Crossroads is preserving the history and unique beauty of these centuries-old giants. Any summer project could benefit from using this versatile, soft-textured wood from trees that populate some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.

Blue-Stained pine is a smooth, soft-textured wood that’s most often used as siding, paneling and flooring. It’s also perfect for countertops or mantelpieces. The boards from these salvaged beetle-kill trees are perfectly sound with an occasional oblong hole, or multiple oblong holes showing where the beetles entered the trees; marks of history in the fashion of reclaimed lumber. Specialty cuts are available upon request, but available inventory includes, 1” x 6”, 1” x 12”, 2” x 6”, 2” x 12”, 4” x 6”, 4” x 12”, and slabs from 2” to 4” thick, 20” to 40” wide and 4’ to 20’ long. View our inventory of rescued wood at, or call 559-877-3645 to speak to a specialist.


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Crossroads Recycled Lumber, LLC is a family-owned business in North Fork, California. Since 1981, we’ve been recycling lumber and offering the best of our natural resources grown, harvested, manufactured, salvaged, and remanufactured right here, in the U.S.

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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Nail Pullers and Removing Metal from Reclaimed Lumber

Monday, May 5th, 2014

nail puller piles 2

Nail puller [neyl pool er] 
1. One who pulls nails.

Pulling iron from our reclaimed lumber is one of the most important jobs here at Crossroads. A lot of our wood is remilled on site and due to the expense and time involved in keeping the milling blades sharp, making sure the wood is metal free is important.

Armed with a hammer, cat’s paw, crowbar, and a White’s metal detector, a nail puller will spend hours insuring a unit of wood is free of iron, along the way he will also be trimming out damage and grading the wood.

The two piles of nails represent a day of nail pulling. The larger of the two piles was created by a two man team working on 4”x12”x21’ beams. In the course of 8 hours they metal detected 80 of these beams, that’s 6,720 board feet of material. There is a lot of heavy lifting and use of 4’ crowbars when working on these 21 foot long beams.

The smaller pile was just one man metal detecting 2x decking material. Over 5 hours he cleared 1500 board feet of wood. Most of the metal was pulled with a hammer and cat’s paw.

These units are fairly direct and not difficult items to get nail free. It simply takes close attention and hard work.

On the other hand there are times when our nail pullers run into broken off nails, screws or bolts. We even find bullets and other unusual metals buried in our old wood. We have had times where it took 2 men 2-1/2 hours to clean a 10x12x20’ which is 120 BF in 5 man hours. That is slow going and one reason reclaimed wood costs more than new lumber.

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…)

Saying Goodbye to Pete Seeger

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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.

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.

Thank You for a Great 2013!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
This old patina wire brushed Douglas Fir paneling and siding was our most popular product in 2013

This old patina wire brushed Douglas Fir paneling and siding was our most popular product in 2013

As we venture into 2014, we at Crossroads Recycled Lumber want to express our gratitude for the past year. Two years ago the economy was in a very bad place, and our company was just keeping its head above the water.

Today, Crossroads has 10 employees; that’s the most we have had in our 32 years of recycling lumber.  Each year the company seems to be getting bigger and better, and we could not do it without the support of all of you out there.  So, Thank You!

First and foremost we want to thank our families for supporting us, for bringing love and joy into our lives, and making it possible for us to do what we do best, and provide our customers with beautiful reclaimed wood products.

Thank you to our customers, for making responsible choices in building products that help preserve our natural resources, and honor the labors of the past.  Thank you especially, because your business supports our amazing, hard-working crew and their families, including 17 school-age children and infants in a small, rural community.

Thank you to the loggers and millwrights of the past, who worked hard and often risked their lives to provide the lumber that built America many years ago, and is still as solid and usable today as back then.

A special thank you to building owners, demolition companies, and local governments that choose reuse and reclamation over conventional waste for their old buildings.

And a big thank you also to all the other people along the way who make what we do possible; truckers, machinists, Richard our saw filer who provides us with 45 years of valuable sawmill experience, folks at the head of the sustainability movement, and all of you out there who appreciate the look, feel, and history of our old wood.  Happy New Year!



The Crossroads Team