The oldest known redwood, found in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California, is believed to be 2,700 years old. Redwoods are known for their longevity, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that the logo for the California Redwood Company features a stylized infinity loop supporting a seedling redwood. It’s a fitting symbol, for, where many companies committed to a sustainable ethic may have been in operation for only a few years or a few decades, TCRC can boast a continuous history stretching back to 1890.
For some time the company has worked towards reducing its water and energy use while manufacturing its products. Everything of the resource redwoods is used, from the bark to the chips to the sawdust, and even the boiler used to dry the boards for its decks runs on bio-mass fuel created from leftover wood particles. Nothing is wasted.
Now TCRC is venturing forth with an online shop featuring patio furniture, raised planting beds, and planter boxes.
The plantersare hand-crafted in California. They include reclaimed wood that was previously used for separating wood stacks in the kiln – a purpose which severely limits its potential for reuse.
The planters are 24” tall x 21” wide x 21 long and weigh a solid 38 pounds each. Three different models are available: either crafted of all redwood or featuring copper or stainless steel accent panels. They come stained and assembled and perhaps for that reason cannot be shipped overseas.
It’s a very light stain: a good choice on the part of TCRC. I love how the natural beauty of the wood is thus allowed to shine through, even onto the knotholes, which in the past were censored in many quarters but which are now recognized as bringing character and interest to the woodwork.
Don’t you think these would look great guarding the entrance way to your house? I think they really make a statement.