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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why redwood? >>
  2. Why reclaimed, recycled or salvaged lumber? >>
  3. What is the difference between salvaged, and reclaimed, or recycled wood? >>
  4. What does saw-to-order mean? >>
  5. What dimensions are available? >>
  6. What textures are available? >>
  7. Do you export? >>
  8. What if I need engineered or stamped lumber for my structural needs? >>
  9. What is the moisture content of your salvaged redwood? >>
  10. What kind of grain pattern can I expect? >>
  11. What edge details are available? >>
  12. What are your business terms? >>
  13. Where does the wood come from? >>
  14. How does reclaimed or salvaged wood compare with new or engineered lumber? >>
  15. Is reclaimed redwood or salvaged redwood suitable for structural applications in extreme pest or weather conditions? >>

 

1. Why redwood?
Redwood is naturally bug, rot, shrink, warp and weather resistant. Redwood has an open-celled structure and contains little or no pitch or resins and is able to absorb and retain all types of finishes extremely well. No other softwood has the stability, beauty, depth or long-lasting performance of old growth clear heart redwood. Because of the natural decay and pest resistance of redwood, it is an excellent alternative to pressure-treated or chemically-treated lumber, and of course exposure to redwood has no known ill health effects.
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2. Why reclaimed, recycled or salvaged lumber?
All of our lumber is old growth lumber that was harvested in the late 1800s and early 1900s in the Pacific Northwest. The commercial logging of old growth redwood trees has virtually ceased. Our inventory of salvaged redwood logs is some of the last material of this size that will ever be available. Our inventory of reclaimed redwood is air dried, tight grained, and structurally sound. Many of the markings in the material from aging and previous use add to the charm and the authenticity of this rustic reclaimed wood. This recycled lumber is rare, beautiful, environmentally conscious, ‘green’ building wood. Reuse reduces the demand for new wood and helps to conserve our forests and moderate the potential impacts of incremental logging upon the environment. Using recycled or salvaged wood is a socially and ecologically responsible decision.
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3. What is the difference between salvaged, and reclaimed, or recycled wood?
Salvaged wood has not been previously cut into lumber or used for construction. Most of this material is still in log form and was harvested many years ago.

Reclaimed or recycled wood is wood that has been previously used in the construction of buildings that are now being carefully dismantled and prepared for reuse. This material is tremendously stable and has been air dried for decades.
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4. What does saw-to-order mean?
We do stock many standard sizes of pre-sawn lumber material however; much of our inventory is still in log or timber form. We will cut and finish your order upon receipt of your deposit and can offer a number of various sizes, edge details, and textures. We can also have our material made into detailed trim and molding, whatever your needs.
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5. What dimensions are available?
If we can get it out of a salvaged log or reclaimed timber, you can buy it. We make everything from 1”x4”x4’ S4S1E trim up to 36”x36”x36’ timbers and everything in-between. We also can cut huge slabs; 5’ wide, 12” thick, and 20’ long.
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6. What textures are available?
We have the equipment to provide recycled lumber with a re-sawn face, a surfaced smooth face or we can leave the material with its weathered and worn rustic finish.
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7. Do you export?
Yes. We have experience preparing lumber orders for shipment in overseas containers. You will need to contact your own freight forwarder to arrange for international transport from a domestic port. All of our material is shipped FOB Zipcode 96129 near Truckee, California.
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8. What if I need engineered or stamped lumber for my structural needs?
Our timbers that are freshly cut from salvaged redwood logs and our reclaimed timbers often exceed the structural qualities necessary to meet local building codes because codes now are based on wider grain, second- and third-growth stock. However, not all reclaimed timbers can be grade-stamped at their original grade level due to bolt holes or other conditions. Your architect or structural engineer should perform load and bearing calculations that takes the unique characteristics of this material into account. We can arrange for a lumber grading and stamping at the Buyer’s cost or your architect's or structural engineer's stamp of approval will normally satisfy the building inspector's need for claim of responsibility to meet code structural requirements.
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9. What is the moisture content of your salvaged redwood?
The moisture content varies between 8 and 30% depending on whether we have the material pre-cut and air dried, or if we cut it from fresh redwood logs. Even though the logs were harvested decades ago, some may still have moisture inside. We can arrange for kiln dried material at an additional cost.
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10. What kind of grain pattern can I expect?
We can supply vertical grain, or mixed grain; a combination of vertical and mixed grain material.
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11. What edge details are available?
We have a modern lumber mill with the equipment to make standard tongue-and groove edges, ship-lap, and ½”-2” square reveals. Many other edges are also available upon request; please let us know your requirements. Please see the page WHAT YOU CAN DO for edge detail pictures and drawings.
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12. What are your business terms?
We require a 50% deposit with your order and payment in full before shipment. Lead time can vary from 10-90 days depending upon the order and our current backlog; your pre-planning and early order is much appreciated. Shipping is FOB Zipcode 96129 near Truckee, California. We can make arrangements for domestic shipping, customer is required to provide people and equipment to unload shipment at destination. We can provide photographs of material or samples upon written request prior to shipment. All sales are final, customer is responsible for checking order upon receipt. Please carefully review the Terms and Conditions found on the Doing Business With Us page of this website.
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13. Where does the wood come from?
Our salvaged redwood logs come from the old inventory of shuttered lumber mills in the Pacific Northwest. These logs were harvested decades ago and have been collected and are now inventoried at our 96-acre processing facility near Truckee, California. The reclaimed redwood comes from multiple sources, normally old buildings in the Pacific Northwest that were built from first-growth redwood forests around the turn of the century. This antique redwood has been air dried for decades and may show markings from its previous construction uses, nail holes, bolt holes, or other rustic qualities which give it a unique character that is impossible to duplicate with new vintage lumber. These old structures have been carefully dismantled and the lumber preserved for reuse in your next green building project.
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14. How does reclaimed or salvaged wood compare with new or engineered lumber?
The recycled green lumber in Yankin’s Reclaimed Materials inventory is a premium product. We do not supply your regular redwood fence boards or deck lumber. We do supply high quality custom sawn old growth redwood and we have it available in grande sizes and large quantities. This material is much tighter grained and more dense than the third or fourth generation new wood now available at your local lumber company and is an authentic alternative to engineered lumber.
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15. Is reclaimed redwood or salvaged redwood suitable for structural applications in extreme pest or weather conditions?
Yes. Even in places like Hawaii or the South where it may be customary to treat all of the structural lumber with Borasilicate (aka Borate or soap), redwood’s natural resistance to termites and other pests, enable structures to be built with naturally untreated lumber from YRM. Because the wood is untreated, you don’t have to worry about the weather or exposed applications washing off the Borasilicate which makes our material ideal for exposed siding, decks, and trim. Reclaimed and salvaged redwood is an excellent green alternative to chemically treated wood and unlike chemically treated lumber, exposure to redwood has no known ill health effects.
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