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.  

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