This is huge dead-standing Texas Post Oak tree at a local ranch. Notice all that green trees surrounding this tree that are all alive. This is a dead-standing tree that has to be taken down because it will eventually rot and collapse, most of these trees are only used as firewood or burned in the field in piles. But, we take these huge giants and manufacture them incredible hardwood floors.
Texas Post Oak is nothing like any other kind of oak, it’s tougher, wilder, and has different spots, speckles, and streaks that no other species can offer…and salvaging these huge logs is no easy task either. These huge logs are cut and laid out for us to pick through, we decide what their purpose will be and how long each log should be cut to. You can see co-owner Jim spraying guidelines on the logs in the second photo, this is what they will look for when they cut the logs to size for transportation back to our manufacturing facility. Finally, the logs are cut and moved into semi trucks which deliver them to our sawmill facility.
Salvaging Texas mesquite trees isn’t easy, these are tough dense hardwoods that grow just as much sideways as they do upwards…they twist together to form a dense forest. We salvage most of our mesquite trees from ranches south of San Antonio, Texas. Mesquite trees are cleared to make way for more cattle or for hunting purposes. The far left picture shows all of the area around the big mesquite trees being bulldozed, once the areas around the trees are cleared, then the big trees can be pushed over by bulldozer and cut up into more manageable pieces that can then be transported to our manufacturing facility. The photo on the far right shows a raw freshly cut mesquite log, you can see how beautiful they are in their natural state.
We salvage our reclaimed oak products from Wisconsin. One of our partners there is a guy named Derrick, he’s shown with Jim inside one of the century-old barns being taken apart when we went and visited last April. The first two pictures show some of the types of products that we sell and use in projects, giant hand-hewn beams, and old thick rough lumber, the lumber can be made into flooring or wall-cladding. The third picture is the outside of the barn that was being taken apart.