We buy whole trees and burls from local loggers, tree surgeons and farmers. To slice them into boards we use an Alaskan chainsaw mill. Local sawmills can’t usually handle this wood because the logs are too irregular, too large or may contain metal – in the form of nails, maple sugaring spiles or hammock hooks – which would ruin an expensive sawblade.
left: yellow birch burl; right: stacked in shed for drying
From left to right: Cut into a burl slab; Board; Whenever possible we also harvest trees and branches which have fallen in storms.