About Carter Evans Wood Concepts

Carter Evans Wood Concepts has an inventory of one-of-a-kind wood that fits the project needs of landscape artists, hobbyists, professional builders and architectural firms.

We have wood that is different. We try to cut each piece so the wood can express its inner feelings, show that it is something special, and expose a side that is not normally shown. We want to provide you with a unique landscape piece, board or plank that you can turn into a special project. We are the place to find something you did not even think you were looking for. When you leave our site, we want you to be thinking, "Cool wood... how can I use that?"

Most of our wood is salvaged from the forest floor or was destined for the chip mill, because it had little value to the lumber industry. These unique pieces of rejected, twisted, partially rotten, thrown-away trees -- unusable as structural wood -- are actually "diamonds in the rough." Nature has turned these misfits into beautiful pieces of art.

Our Cedar landscape wood typically ranges in age from 250 years to 500 years old.  These pieces age slowly and will last many generations into the future. Some of our fir project wood is of this age while most of it is younger.

We leave most of our landscape wood just as it came out of the forest.  We are also experimenting with what we call modified landscape wood.  We are splitting some of the pieces in half so the side that goes down is flat. How cools is that? You want to prep an area for a piece of landscape wood, and you can just rake it flat and set the piece down.  This is a big time saver, a weight saver and a cost saver.

Our pieces range in size from ones you can carry to your trunk to pieces weighing over 8,000 lbs.

As Diverse As The Washington Forests

Here are just a few examples of our wide array of wood artifacts:

  • Landscape Wood. Old Growth Salvaged Red Cedar.
     
  • Spalted Maple.  Many are live edge and unusual in shape, often available as book match sets and sequential sets. Great for turning into wall art, head boards, and presentation type pieces.  They vary in size, thickness and shape, but we have lots of 5/4, 9/4 & 12/4.
     
  • Live Edge Maple Slabs.  For tables and bigger projects.
     
  • Figured Maple Boards.  With crotches and more.
     
  • Turning blocks, burls and chunks.  For unique projects.
     
  • Red Cedar boards and beams.  From logs salvaged from the forest floor.
     
  • Custom-cut sized boards, cants, mantle stock, live edge, super fine grain and some with very interesting bug lines. 
     
  • Carving planks.  Slabs cut out of the center of stumps over 500 years old that has grain so wild you will be amazed.
     
  • Mid-Aged Cedar.  Older 2nd growth, slower growing, but blond in color, < 100 years old. Can be custom cut for your needs. This wood has very nice blond color with ring count that provides for super nice face cut stock for panels, pergolas, decks or fencing with a flair. Some boards are live edge.
     
  • Old Growth Fir.  Salvaged from the forest floor, this old growth yellow fir has very pretty grain that makes each piece particularly interesting. We do not try to get rid of all the splits or stains, we leave them in the boards for character.
     
  • Big live edge mantle stock.  Clear wide planks, and big timbers.

Most of our sawn wood is in air drying stacks for 2-4 years before we sell it. We keep some inventory of kiln dried maple and alder on hand.
 

Wood With A Story

Old Growth Salvaged Red Cedar

Our Old Growth Red Cedar came near the West coast of the Olympic Peninsula. The pieces either naturally blew down, or were non-merchantable pieces left during first harvests.

Most of the pieces from larger logs are 500 years and older; even the smaller round hard snags are in the 250 year old class.

Project uses for this wood are endless and only bound by your imagination. Use the wood in your landscape design, incorporate modified pieces as benches and retaining walls, create tables, work benches and planters, or use for center art pieces in roundabouts, big gnarly posts and more.

Red Cedar is extremely long lasting. Most of this wood has been lying around 100 years or so now. Some show rot, but at the present rate of decay, I am sure we have multiple generations of life left. These pieces are the ultimate of green landscaping, as many have lichen and moss spores, bug alley way’s, huckleberry, hemlock or salal growing on them now.

Over the seasons the cedar will change color providing different looks that blend in with the surroundings.
 

Modified Landscape Wood

We take some of the old growth cedar landscape wood pieces that are highly damaged, defective or just don’t have any real redeeming qualities for landscaping, and we modify them. Every one is an experiment with an unknown result. Sometimes we do not even know what we are looking for:  we have to start and the wood will tell us what to do. We are getting some awesome-looking swirly grain and character wood out of these pieces. We are getting many benches that can be a retaining wall bench or a piece of art. We are getting pieces of art that will end up in entry ways or be a room divider and a piece of art at the same time. We are getting smaller pieces of landscape material that will be easier to handle, we are getting carving or turning stock and we are getting material that only the customer will know what to do with, as it will be their idea. One thing for certain: it will be one-of-a-kind when they are done, made from a salvaged tree that is on the order of 500 years old.
 

Maple

Most of our maple was left behind because it has defects, large knots, or is irregular in shape. We take some of this maple and age it so it begins to spalt before we cut it.

Spalting is a fungi that creates black lines and other colors in very random patterns, resulting in stunning boards. The drying and finishing processes kill the fungi and stop any further spalting. Many of the maple pieces are so crooked or large that we have to cut them to size with a chain saw before putting them on the bandsaw mill. We have a special guide for our chainsaw, allowing us to cut fairly straight cuts for long distances up to 5’ thick.

We seldom find a pice of wood we cannot use. We have small hobby pieces that can be used for small projects, trim, turning blanks, cribbage boards … you name it. We have large, unusually-shaped, book-matched pieces with swirling colors, figure, spalting, and knots that will make exciting wall art projects.

We have lots of big, wide, book-matched live edge maple planks that are suitable for benches, tables, bars, mantles and more.
 

Fir

All of our old growth fir is salvaged from pieces that were left to rot. We would bring in large hunks that had been left by the old growth loggers and maybe only get a small portion of sound wood from a log. Some of our logs were found buried deep in the mud and so were preserved better. All have nice grain and most have some sort of unusual characteristic.