tree salvage

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Do you cut down trees? We get this question a lot. And the answer is no. We leave the felling and limbing of trees to the arborists and/or tree removal services. We come and pick up the cut logs from the curb side after we've determined that the logs are salvageable. For more details, check out our tree salvage FAQ below.  

tree salvage FAQs 

Does Meyer Wells provide tree removal services?

We do not cut down trees. Ballard Tree Service and Seattle Tree Preservation are two local arborists who can work with you to cut down your trees. For arborist recommendations in your area please contact info@meyerwells.com.

What tree species do you typically salvage for reuse?

Meyer Wells is willing to salvage any tree species if you have a purpose for the end use. For our own uses, the primary trees of interest are walnut, black locust, elm, maple, ash, and madrona. 

What is the minimum size tree/log that is worth salvaging?

While it is our desire to see every felled tree up-cycled into beautiful furniture or wood products, there are certainly instances where the end just doesn’t justify the means. As a general rule of thumb, when reviewing single-tree salvage jobs we look for minimum 24-inch diameter tree trunks in 8’-0” to 36’-0” lengths. We will consider salvaging smaller logs (12-inch minimum log diameter) in greater volumes, if the total haul volume is substantial enough to offset our hauling cost.

What size logs should my arborist cut my tree into for maximum yield in future use?

As long as possible is preferred, up to 36’-0” long.

Are there any species that you do not work with?

Meyer Wells is ready and willing to salvage all tree species depending on the available wood volume.

Can you mill diseased trees?

Yes, as long as they are sound (meaning free from rot and major voids in the heartwood).

What kind of site access do you require for hauling?

Upon selecting your arborist, please have them contact info@meyerwells.com to discuss your project logistics. Logs must be located within 20' of a road or a driveway that will allow access of a large dump truck or log truck. Overhead wires can complicate pickup. 

Do you reclaim building materials or construction waste?

We will reclaim solid Douglas-Fir and Glulam beam stock for use in furniture and architectural products. We will consider reclaiming significant quantities of solid wood flooring or siding on a case by case basis.

What are some things to keep in mind when planning to use salvaged material in a project?

Finding a salvaged piece that precisely matches a specification requires careful consideration. It often makes sense to bring our team into the conversation during the design phase to ensure they integrate well into the final project. Inventory is constantly changing, so architects and contractors who make extensive use of our salvaged materials periodically visit our facility, sometimes acquiring and stockpiling items they would like to use in current and future projects.