At EverWoods, we strive to acquire trees or logs that have been destined for removal due to a variety of reasons. For example, certain new non-native pathogens that have been introduced into North America's forest ecosystems are wreaking devastating effects on many species. In some cases, entire species face rapid extinction.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an Ash tree-specific Asian bark boring beetle that was introduced into the heart of the Great Lakes region likely via wood shipping material (i.e., pallets, boxes, etc.) coming into the St. Lawrence/Great Lakes shipping industry via global markets.
In one decade, EAB has largely wiped out most ash trees and will likely continue to kill more than 99% of mature ash trees. At this time, ash trees are dying en masse in the Lower Great Lakes region where EverWoods operates.
EverWoods salvages some very large and mature ash trees that numerous landowners and municipalities are removing for various safety and other reasons. We make every effort possible to express and preserve the natural beauty of these ash trees in the way that we saw these logs, so that the natural grain, 'defects', tree shape, and sheer size is reflected in resulting product. We hope that you agree we are adequately capturing these traits.
Salvaging ash trees is only one means by which we acquire trees. Sometimes landowners or public services departments decide to remove large trees for a variety of other reasons. Often such trees are either destined to be cut into firewood or even chipped for mulch. Sometimes large logs deemed too burdensome to process at all are destined to landfill sites. We acquire many of our logs otherwise destined to any of the above situations.
Tree Seed and Grafting Tissue Collection
At every opportunity that is available, we make it a priority at EverWoods to collect available seed and/or woody grafting tissue (scion cuttings) from trees that we acquire for future sawing and post-processing.
With our most common species being Eastern Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), we often schedule time to collect nuts from mast producing trees that we are scheduled to acquire. Often, this means that we will delay our tree/log extraction activities until after trees produce and shed their seed in that growing season.
We later clean, sort, cold-stratify, and germinate these seeds, which become small seedlings. We engage in a process to strategically select locales to plant these trees; areas where it is deemed most likely that the trees will survive to mature with minimum chance of premature removal or destruction by people or other forces, so that these can grow to mature, produce seeds of their own, and continue the regeneration cycle over and over.
Our commitment to do this, and to begin with a commitment to plant at least five (5) trees for every tree that EverWoods acquires, is a major defining principal behind our company name -- EverWoods.
Tree Planting, Pruning, and Other Improvements
We make it an annual priority at EverWoods to plant trees in spring and sometime fall. Sometimes we plant tree seed directly where the tree will grow and sometimes we plant in a basic and temporary nursery bed to allow the trees to grow to large seedling size before these are out-planted to the final chosen planting locales.
EverWoods' affiliated sister company, EverTerra Farms, has invested in specialized mechanical tree lifting and tree planting equipment, and so this equipment is available to EverWoods for use on larger-scale tree planting projects when needed.
In addition to tree planting, EverWoods is also committed to working with various tree and forest owners to help improve the health, form, and overall quality of their trees, by providing sound and informed advice and guidance on general tree maintenance and management (formally known as 'Silviculture'). EverWoods will also refer interested clients to EverTerra Farms' custom silvicultural consulting services. These services include offering custom pruning, thinning, and overall stand improvement of trees and forest systems, which can be a very beneficial investment, especially for valuable hardwoods such as walnut, oak, hickory, cherry, etc.
Sawing, Drying, Slab Sales
Our core operational activities at EverWoods involves transforming each log, limb, stump that we acquire into self-expressed, individually unique, bespoke wood products. No single piece that comes off our mills is like any other.
Whereas many mills avoid, penalize, discard, or downplay logs and lumber products that contain features such as knots, limbs, crotches, ant galleries, stains, etc., at EverWoods we profile and preserve character features like this in manners that provide any end-user with vivid visualization of what really constitutes a tree.
In doing so, we use many tools that allow us to carefully, sometimes painstakingly, capture the awe-inspiring essence of the great diversity of that which defines the natural ecology, physiology, and mindboggling physics of trees. Because trees constantly oppose gravitational forces of the Earth in their efforts to compete with other trees and plants for sunlight, they are continually modifying in an additive manner to their form, shape, and capacity to hold hundreds to thousands of twigs on each limb, each of which support up to dozens of water- and nutrient-rich leaves that are nature's most perfected solar-collectors.
We have developed an in-depth understanding of this fascinating bio-physical phenomenon that we term 'wood', and have learned how to most optimally cross-section trees in ways that we believe best reveal any given tree's lifelong effort to perfect its anti-gravitational capacity to 'reach for the stars', as it were.
Following sawing of any given log, we carefully and patiently air-dry our wood products for periods of time that sometime exceed one year, prior to kiln drying. In fact, sometimes we forego kiln drying certain wood products and opt to completely air-dry product down to acceptable moisture levels.
Product that we do decide to kiln dry enters carefully timed and monitored dehumidification kiln drying cycles. Thicker stock must sometimes ensue double duration drying cycles in order to attain desirable moistures.
Visit our Products pages where we have a wide variety of specialty woods products available for purchase and shipment anywhere within North America and beyond.