Recovering Natural Beauty
Arc Wood & Timbers “salvaged” material is milled from ecologically friendly forest, river, and swamp logs. This material comes from blow down, dead standing, and sinker trees that Arc Wood & Timbers salvages from the forest floor, river environments, and water estuaries. Working with the local authorities, we receive the permits required to safely retrieve these trees and submersed logs without damaging the natural landscape.
We also salvage decommissioned bridge stringers and boomsticks that were once used by the logging outfits for the transportation of logs back in the early 1900’s. We create an inventory of salvaged logs that are custom milled into a variety of exposed wood elements for both exterior and interior applications.
Blown down is defined as a tree that has been uprooted and fallen over to the forest floor. The general cause of a blown down is due to the severe climatic gale storms that take place every season on the sloping mountains of Southeast Alaska. We have uncovered blown down sites where acres of beautiful old growth trees have been blown over by the fierce Alaskan winter storms.
Instead of allowing these trees to rot and decay into the earth, Arc Wood & Timbers prides itself in salvaging these timbers and producing exquisite architectural wood elements that can be appreciated and admired for centuries.
Salvaged material is defined as a tree whereby its limbs are no longer producing green needles or seed bearing cones. Like all living things, eventually trees get old and die. Removing these dead standing trees allows the sunlight to penetrate deeper into the forest floor which promotes the regeneration of new seedlings. Working with the State of Alaska (Division of Forestry), the USDA Forest Service, and Arc’s group of “Eco-Loggers”, we receive the required permits to safely remove these dead standing trees before they become susceptible to rot, decay, and insects.
Some of the dead standing trees we have salvaged have dated over 800 years in age. These trees were around several hundred years before Columbus ever set foot on American soil.
Sinker log is defined as old growth logs that are brought up from the bottom of lakes, rivers, and swamps. A sinker log is produced from a tree that has fallen many years ago from either massive gale storms or logging procedures whereby the tree remained under water or mud, and subsequently preserved over time.