Sitka Spruce Emerges from Kiln: Soon to Become Sealaska's Conference Table

Looking out from inside Smith & Vallee's wood drying kiln in Edison, WA. 

Looking out from inside Smith & Vallee's wood drying kiln in Edison, WA. 

Cody begins unpacking wood from the kiln, which has been drying for 3 months at a temperature of 200 degrees.  

Cody begins unpacking wood from the kiln, which has been drying for 3 months at a temperature of 200 degrees.  

After three months in the kiln, these massive spruce slabs are ready for action! This slow drying process allows moisture to escape gradually from the deepest cells of the wood in order to prevent warping and cracking. The humidity of the wood has been reduced to 10 percent, which is premium for woodworking. The slabs will soon be transformed into a 21 foot conference table for the Sealaska Corporation of Seattle. 

Andrew Vallee carefully cuts one of the spruce slabs that will be made into the Sealaska Corp. Conference Table.

Andrew Vallee carefully cuts one of the spruce slabs that will be made into the Sealaska Corp. Conference Table.

Sealaska Corporation is a Native owned company that represents Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian heritage. Sealaska is the largest private landowner in Southeast Alaska.  

To learn more about Sealaska visit www.sealaska.com

Follow Sealaska: facebook.com/sealaskacorporation

 

 

 

 

Locally milled, planed slabs and treasures in the wood shed

This is a little update, as it's been a quite a while since we've updated the blog.

If you're able to make a trip to visit us in Edison, Washington, please check out our sale wood shed for random treasures of wood scraps and slabs. We have lots of maple available and select pieces of walnut.

Our warehouse is full of beautiful slabs as well that we have milled on site. We source locally and have quite a variety of woods.

Maple 41-43" long 27- 33" wide $175, contact us for availability

Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LiveEdgeSlabs. We are showcasing planed slabs that are available for sale in our sale wood shed outside of Smith and Vallee Woodworks.

Weekend Milling

Andrew Vallee and Wes Smith custom milling some salvaged oak.