Trees here in British Columbia, their individual life cycles, varied shapes, the different needle and leaf patterns, the boards they yield up to us have always fascinated me.
I have always been interested in which B.C. woods are best for snowshoes, which are best for paddles, which are best for sailing masts, which are best for furniture, which are best for construction and which woods are inspirational to me for the production of beautiful furniture.
Throughout the history of wooden furniture production different species have been appreciated for their unique qualities. Here in B.C. maple, douglas fir, several species of pine, western birch and cedar supply our furniture making. I use all these species depending on the application.
Woods for Shadow Mountian creations come from many different sources. We found tresures neatly stacked in the underbrush of a small forgotten sawmill site. Other lumber comes from disused farm builings where in one project one hundred heavy douglas fir framing beams were repurposed to be re-sawed into beautiful wide plank flooring. The figured, splattered westen maple used in the plank on the left had laid sawn and stacked for some fourty years before we literally stumbled upon it.