Too many woodlands are diminished as the result of deforestation. One contributing factor is improper systems of recycling. We source our teak from IndoTeak Design, where it is their prerogative to salvage the highest quality teak without any damage to the environment. By properly utilizing FSC Recycled 100% teak salvaged from Indonesia, their production works as a zero-waste process. This means no trees are cut down as a result of their work. Instead, the wood is saved from 100-300-year-old structures that would have otherwise been demolished. They also support excellent working conditions for their team in Indonesia - each piece is reclaimed by hand and every nail is removed with joy.
Prior to the onset of modern industry and logistics, loggers practiced log driving - where floating logs down-river to a temporary sawmill was the first step in the process of creating lumber. The term "lumberjack" comes from this process. Occasionally logs would sink and become trapped in the silt at the bottom of the river. If enough silt was laid down before rot and erosion set in, the log would be preserved.
Today these century-old remnants of pre-industrial America are recovered from the bottom of river beds, and they are some of the most sought-after reclaimed lumber on the market.
It's called ancient kauri and it's over 50,000 years old. Yes, 50,000!!! The oldest workable wood in the world, ancient kauri shows just the earliest signs of petrification. Called "whitebait" the small veins of mineral deposits give the wood a luminescence that's one-of-a-kind.
50,000 years ago in what is now Northern New Zealand a major natural event felled huge forests of Kauri trees that had been growing for some 2,000 years. This event also created bogs in the area, which protected these giants from the elements. Today these trees are typically found under farmland, where they are excavated carefully and the ground is returned to its previous contours.
Each piece of this gorgeous wood is completely unique. The beautiful grain of Bethlehem olivewood can be straight, curly, dark, light, swirling...you get the gist.
Throughout Israel there are olive groves that have grown for over 2,000 years. These trees saw Rome come to the area, and eventually fall. They saw much of Biblical history unfold; and they still stand today to bear witness to the trials faced by the region.
These trees are highly protected, those who maintain them gather branch trimmings and deadfall and make them available to tourists and woodworkers.
No this wood isn't stained black. 5,000 years in a peat bog in the Ukraine have naturally turned these huge ancient oak trees black all the way through.
At the end of the last ice age rising water levels caused huge oak forests throughout Europe to die standing and fall into the muck. For the last 3,500 - 5,000 years these trees have been preserved in anaerobic conditions underneath peat bogs.
The ages have turned Bog oak a deep black with dark brown grain. This is the result of a chemical reaction occurring between the tannins in the Oak and soluble irons present in the bog soil.