In addition to crafting with new hardwood and veneer, Woodtech creates furniture from both reclaimed and salvaged woods. Reclaimed hardwood and veneer typically originate from parts of deconstructed old buildings. Salvaged hardwood and veneer come from raw logs milled from standing dead trees or trees damaged by weather. Find out more about salvaged wood here.


The pieces above incorporate salvaged orchard wood, which originates from old, non-producing trees in California’s Central Valley. Fruit and nut trees including walnut, pecan and pear make for dynamic wood furniture. The wood has striking tonal changes and heavy patterning, the result of the grafting of several species which is a technique often used to produce successful orchard stock.


Salvaged wood typically comes from trees that are cut for highway or building construction, orchard replanting or safety issues. Wood can also be salvaged from trees damaged due to weather or that have died while still standing. Salvaged wood also originates from “sinker logs.” These are trees that were harvested years ago, but then sank in cold water while being floated in rivers or lakes to a sawmill. Salvaged wood can originate all over the world.


Woodtech sources salvaged wood only from trees or logs that have meet strict requirements for removal. For example, removal must be licensed by local and federal authorities, be non-disruptive of wildlife habitat, not endanger local peoples or jobs and meet other important criteria.


• Salvaged wood can often end up looking like new wood. For example, trees killed by some pests often show no signs of their demise in the quality of their wood.
• Sinker logs are often old-growth timber and make for excellent lumber and veneer, as their dimensions are larger than most new wood.


• Salvaged wood can be used for both lumber and veneer.
• In order to make the most efficient use of salvaged wood, Woodtech encourages clients to consider veneers. More furniture surface area can be covered when a high quality salvaged log is made into veneer (and then that veneer is applied to core board like MDF), than when the log is just used as solid lumber.


Like reclaimed wood, salvaged wood is available in “lots.” Each lot is unique, so advance planning is critical in order to secure the right quantity of consistent-looking reclaimed wood for each project. And, as in all projects, Woodtech provides clients with samples for approval.


The use of salvaged timber keeps wood from becoming landfill. Salvaged woods can be FSC®-certified (Forest Stewardship Council®) in some cases, as the origin of the trees may be able to be documented. An FSC certification may possibly help toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council) points, depending on the project. Woodtech encourages clients to share sustainability requirements in the early stages of project planning.