The Wood

There is a convenient relationship between settling a hillside in Northwest Washington and the use of trees for lumber.  As I designed my shop, our home and embarked on a general cleanup from previous years of logging by others, we were fortunate to have various species of wood available for milling into boards.  Some trees were felled and others were already dead fall but not yet rotten and still viable.  Western Red Cedar became siding, exterior trim and structural posts, Big Leaf Maple became flooring, shelves and tables, Douglas Fir salvaged from an old bridge became our structural beams, floor joists, baseboard and interior trim, and Black Cottonwood became our ceiling.  A combination of an Alaskan chainsaw mill and my friends portable Woodmeiser mill processed the logs into beautiful lumber.