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FOR SALE: Miscellaneous Siding & Paneling

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: Saw Blades for Art or Display

December 16th, 2013

Large bandsaw blades from the old North Fork Mill
(8) 8″ wide X 25′-6″ long 1-1/4 tooth spray
(4) 6″ X 27′ long 1-3/4 tooth spray
These are for display only – not for equipment use. We can cut to order.

$150 each


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

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.

FOR SALE: Miscellaneous Beams

December 11th, 2013

Truckload of miscellaneous as-is beams of all sizes.  Mostly Douglas Fir but could include other species.  Varying quality: Some painted, some not, some structural, some non-structural.  This is ideal for folks building a barn, house, stage set, or other specialty project who want a lot of odds and ends.  Contact us for details 559-877-3645 or

Minimum 5000 Board Foot purchase @ $0.75/board foot

Full load of 16,000 BF @ $0.60/BF

Size and condition may vary with time of year and our inventory.


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FOR SALE: White Glu-Lams

April 1st, 2013

GLULAM BEAMS are a timber product comprised of a number of layers of dimensional timber bonded together with durable, moisture-resistant structural adhesives.

We are offering:
5″ x 20″ x 20′ reclaimed glulam beams at $80 each / 25 total in stock 3 BEAM MINIMUM PURCHASE
7″ x 20″ x 20′ reclaimed glulam beams at $120 each / 25 total in stock 2 BEAM MINIMUM PURCHASE
Take all 50 beams for $3000!


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Big Timbers from Forks, Washington

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Historic Pen Collaboration

January 18th, 2013

CRL recently supplied The Historic Pen Company with a sample pack of some of our most prestigious and legendary materials including Stanford Gym, San Quentin Prison Hospital, Warner Brothers Studio, The  San Francisco Presidio, Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Factory, and exotic Borneo Ironwood from monsoon blow-down.

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Historic Pens from legendary sources

Pens are limited editions made from wood or timbers that were part of a historic site that witnessed the history that we only read about. Accompanying each pen is a Certificate of Authentication detailing the provenance. The pens are made with artisan precision that represent the historic site.

We are proud to be part of a process that captures a period of time to create a timeless work of art.



Heidelberg Brewery Leaves Lumber Legacy

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.

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

November 19th, 2012
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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”




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

November 14th, 2012
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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.

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