Wood Is Good

Time spent amongst trees is never time wasted.
— Katrina Mayer
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Reclaimed Wood

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Every board of reclaimed wood used in the making of our furniture is hand-picked for its character, features and heritage. We know our suppliers personally, and they share our values of social responsibility and sustainability. Our current supply is locally sourced, old-growth fir from a 100+ year-old building torn down in Vancouver’s Gastown. 

Reclaimed wood is lumber that has been retrieved from its original application and given a new life. The majority of the reclaimed wood we source are timbers from 100+ year old buildings that are being renovated or demolished in the Greater Vancouver area. This means that our reclaimed wood is truly local. Imagine 100 years ago when the Hastings Mill at the foot of Dunleavy was the centre of all activity in Vancouver, and massive old-growth fir trees were being brought down in false creek to make room for the burgeoning Vancouver.

Reclaimed wood is highly prized for its unique appearance, sustainability, history, and characteristics such as strength, stability and durability. These characteristics are attributed to the lack of air pollution that existed until the 20th century, as well as to the wood being harvested from virgin growth timber, which had hundreds of years to grow before human intervention.


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Live edge slabS

Live edge slab, or natural edge furniture, is a style of furniture where the maker incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Live edge refers to the living part of the tree, the outer rings. The log is cut into slabs, and the entire slab is used. The bark is removed, leaving the natural profile of the tree intact. 

Our wood comes from fallen trees or industrial cast-offs, so our slab selection is ever-changing. There are some species we regularly have in stock and others we only get on occasion. We often source slabs for specific projects, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you don't see what you want on this list. Every piece of wood tells a story, and we make every effort to find the perfect slab for every project.


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BIGleaf maplE

The Bigleaf maple is the largest maple tree to grow in Canada, and it is only found in the southwest corner of British Columbia making it a truly local choice. It is abundant and often succumbs to storms. Ambrosia Maple, Birdseye Maple, Curly Maple, Quilted Maple and Spalted Maple are all forms of figured maple, technically not a separate species.


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black walnut

The wood of the Black Walnut tree is highly prized for its density, grain and colour. The wood is a deep, rich brown with an attractive grain. It contains juglone, tannins and other compounds that produce a dark purple dye that was used by early settlers for dying hair and cloth. The purple and gray streaks are visible in many of the live edge slabs we have.


silver maple

Silver Maple trees are found along waterways and in wetlands. First Nations use the sap from the Silver Maple tree for sugar, medicine and in bread. It also makes incredibly beautiful furniture.


Wood Features & Characteristics

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Figuring

Figuring in wood, figure refers to the appearance of wood, as seen on a longitudinal surface (side-grain): a "figured wood" is not plain.

The figure of a particular piece of wood is, in part, due to its grain and, in part, due to the cut, or to innate properties of the wood. Types of figure include: bear scratches, bird's eye, blisters, burl, curl, ribbon curl, dimple, fiddleback, flame, wide flame, ghost, pin stripe, quilted, spalted and tiger stripe.

 

bark inclusions

Inclusions form when a branch union occurs on the main stem. The result for woodworking is variation in density in a cut slab, and on occasion, an actual hole. Bark inclusions are usually filled with epoxy for strength and function but can be incorporated into a design as well.


 

CHECKS 

Checks are a separation of the wood normally occurring across or through the rings of annual growth and usually as a result of seasoning. Checks occur when the stresses of drying exceed the tensile strength of the wood perpendicular to the grain. They are caused by tension stresses that develop in the outer part, or shell, of boards as they dry around the still wet and swollen core. 

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Splits are a separation of the wood through the piece to the opposite surface or to an adjoining surface due to the tearing apart of the wood cells. Splits are sometimes the result of the drying process or the dry kiln. Splits caused by drying extend across one or more growth rings (radial direction.)

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Wood Finishes

Arm-r-Seal

Arm-R-Seal topcoats are made with only the highest quality urethane resin, making them extremely durable and long lasting. They are formulated to be wiped on with a cloth or applied with a foam brush, thus eliminating drips and sags. They penetrate to provide deep down protection while maintaining that "natural" look to the wood. 

Colour — Warm amber tone that will continue to darken slightly over time.  
Sheen — Available in Satin, Semi-Gloss & Gloss
Durability — Highest with a hardness (Köeing): 77

OSMO Polyx-Oil

Hardwax oil is a soft, natural finish that enhances grain and allows wood to breathe. It is among one of the most easily repairable wood finishes. Because your dining table is made to last a lifetime, you may need to re-apply the hardwax oil periodically. 

Durable— Hardwearing and extremely durable OSMO binds to wood grain and will not flake, blister, or peel.
Beautiful — Preserves the look and feel of natural wood.
Eco-Friendly — Engineered from natural, renewable oils and waxes, leaves nothing toxic behind when dry.
Safe — Conforms to strict European standards for health and purity, approved even for use on children's toys.

The surface becomes water-repellent, dirt-resistant and resistant to wine, beer, cola, coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and water, according to DIN 68861-1A (German Industry Standard)

SHOU SUGI BAN

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Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. Traditionally, Sugi wood (cryptomeria japonica L.f., also called Japanese cedar) was used. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil.

We offer custom staining on both varnished and waxed pieces. If you have a stain or colour for us to match, or if you just want to go a little wild, we can make you a few samples to take home and ensure the colour is perfect. Keep in mind all wood species accept stain differently. The choices are endless, so please do not hesitate to ask.

CUSTOM STAINING

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