Walnut, Bluestain Pine, Douglas Fir, Barnwood, & More
One of our favorite things to sell is local lumber. There is almost nothing as beautiful as beetle kill pine or Douglas fir in your mountain states home, office or hotel. By going local with both accent and furniture wood and building lumber, we can display the natural beauty of the area in which we build. Colorado and the surrounding states have both an environmental commitment and aesthetic that lends itself to the rustic beauty of our local woods. Check out some of the great material below, and call us for ideas about incorporating local lumber into your projects.
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The local story
Colorado, as a land locked high elevation state, not only doesn’t have coastal forests, but also doesn’t have an environment that fosters growth of expansive forests of large trees. That is one of the main reasons why the majority of wood used for building and crafting purposes in Colorado originates from outside of the state. However anywhere where there are any trees, there are people cutting them down and putting the wood to use. CSWoods offers for sale a variety of Colorado grown material. Very few trees in Colorado grow large enough to make a single slab 2 live edge dining room table, so CSWoods has material cut to offer many alternative table building styles with this local material. CSWoods offers materials which can be used to match building material used for mantels, sills, counters, and table surfaces; all from the same trees from the same forest. All of the Colorado grown material CSWoods offers been kiln dried to a moisture content of less than 8%, and is ready to be used.
Why Buy Local?
All of the Colorado local products sold by CSWoods have been carefully selected and kiln dried. As a local product from either salvage or forest thinning operations they are another environmentally friendly CSWoods wood product. Not only do these products not come from large scale commercial forestry, but since they are local products they have been transported the shortest distances. The revenue generated from their sale directly benefits small Colorado mountain communities.
Currently it is clear to those who think about such things, that using locally produced products is good for the environment and for people. When we shop locally we not only reduce the amount of energy that was used to transport that product, we also make sure the money used to purchase that product stays within a local area. When we shop local we also help to prevent the spread of pests and diseases by not transporting other materials out of the region where they were grown and produced. These days buying locally produced timber products helps Colorado control the accumulation of biomass in our forests, utilize trees that would otherwise be left to decompose and release CO2 into our atmosphere, create jobs that require physical fitness, and sustain the groups of individuals and families that have made the Colorado forests their homes and their families’ livelihoods.
The Bluestain Pine Balance
At about the same time the amount of bluestain in any given species of pine reaches its maximum extent of spread and intensity of color the fungus responsible for the creation of the blue color physically damages the wood to a extent where it is structurally compromised. Therefore window of opportunity in which deadstanding beetle kill pine trees must be harvested and sawn into material is much shorter than other timber products.
Wood, as a natural product, exhibits a high degree of heterogeneity. Trees that grown only a few feet apart can exhibit vast differences in color, density, size, and morphological shape. The color of the wood of a given variety of tree can vary dramatically base upon such things as the orientation of the slope it grew on, the type of soil it grew in, its proximity to a stream or clearing, age of the tree, The altitude and climate of Colorado’s mountains have dramatic affects on the trees that grow here. Tree’s in Colorado mountains grow in a highly variable environment where the atmosphere can swing from very moist to very dry, and from very cold to very hot in a relatively short time period; sometimes mere hours. Trees in Colorado’s mountains also experience a full 4 seasons, and there is generally a high degree of variability between seasons from year to year as well. Some summers are hot and dry, some are cooler and wetter. The high degree of daily and seasonal variability makes it more difficult for trees to grow in the mountains of Colorado when compared to many other places in more costal climates where the presence of the ocean has a moderating effect on the atmosphere. Colorado’s mountains also have a very high elevation and much of the state’s forests grow within a few thousand feet of tree line, above which no trees can grow. The result of the environment and altitude of the Colorado Rockies on the trees that grow here is a general reduction of size, relative increase in the density difference between heart wood and sap wood, and increased amounts of internal tension and stress inherent in the wood within the trees themselves.