Reclaiming materials for use as Architectural materials is a beautiful thing, and for one company out of Tumwater, Washington, it's a priority to maintain sustainability not only through reclaimed materials, but also FSC certification on new stock and full disclosure of sourcing. Windfall Lumber was founded in 1997 with one primary purpose: to manufacture wood products that are responsibly harvested while effectively communicating the source of those materials to customers. Producing their products exclusively out of a facility just south of Olympia, Windfall's handcrafted, custom products are manufactured with minimal impact on the forests in the Pacific Northwest.
How sustainable is Windfall Lumber? Simple, in terms of materials, 80% of Windfall's lumber comes from reclaimed sources such as barns, old office buildings, and derelict warehouses. In an effort to keep landfills and incinerators as empty as possible, Windfall salvages wood from these old buildings, immediately adding value to an overstocked commodity. What about their facility? Windfall's headquarters are housed in a refurbished warehouse utilizing facilities master planning and sustainable manufacturing practices.
One great feature of Windfall's business model is the transparency involved with materials sourcing. When you buy reclaimed materials from them, not only will you know they are salvaged from old buildings, but you will also hear the stories behind them. In the case of Olympia Coffee Roasters, the Maple used to clad the front of the coffee bar came from an old textile mill, while tables and benches are reclaimed Douglas Fir from felled trees. Heritage stories from sources such as telephone poles from Washington State, old gym floors from Puget Sound, West African shipping pallets, up-cycled hardwood scraps, felled trees, and deconstructed buildings are common for customers that use Windfall Lumber. All of the reclaimed material machined at Windfall is sourced in close proximity to the company’s sustainable manufacturing facility. Want something that isn't reclaimed? Good news, Windfall also harvests from FSC managed forests in the Pacific Northwest.
Windfall offers many different products to interior designers, architects, builders and homeowners alike. Live-edge, end grain and butcher-block tabletops & countertops, flooring, engineered panels, wall cladding, and metalwork. The species of wood used includes; Douglas Fir, Eastern/Western Maple, Oregon Walnut, Pacific Madrone, Beetle Kill Pine, Oregon Myrtle, Red/White Oak, and Alder.
Check out Windfall Lumber for more information here: www.windfalllumber.com. See a few pictures of some of their work below: