Our FAQs | Common Questions | Redwood Burls

Our Wood
All of our redwood comes from trees that have been lying dead in the woods for over 100 years. We only use acceptably sourced wood and no live trees are ever cut. Once we clean the wood, we slab it. Some wood is fully dry when we cut it, our better wood usually sells before it is fully dry.


Is it normal for there to be rot and cracks in my wood?
Because our woods are "rustic" small cracks or small pockets of rot are normal, but can be easily cleaned out. We will not sell you wood that is not structurally sound.


What does "burl" mean?
Burl is a growth on the tree in which the grain has grown in some kind of a deformed manner. It is typically found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on the tree trunk or a branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.


What is "curly" or "straight grain"?
Curly grain is what occurs when the longitudinal cells grow in waves and these tend to have more character. Straight grain wood is characterized by wood fibers that run parallel to the long axis of the piece.


What is a live edge?
Live edge or natural edge is a style of furniture where the carpenter incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Some leave the natural holes and cracks in the wood while other artists fill them with resins.