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Superior Woods - Recycled & Reclaimed Woods, Minneapolis, MN

"Timeless timber of superior quality"

Superior Timbers

Superior Timbers are produced from logs recovered from the bottom of lakes and rivers of North America.
Those underwater logs represent the only significant remaining supply of timber from the North America virgin forests that existed before the Revolutionary War.  The logs sunk while they were floated to the sawmills during the period of 1700 to 1920 when most of the virgin forests were cut down to build the towns and cities of the developing United States and to fuel the Industrial Revolution.  We are completing the journey of the old American Virgin forests to the sawmills.


Recovered from the depths of the Great Lakes Region and other waterways “Superior Timbers” are virgin old-growth timber 300 - 1200 years old. Grown under a thick canopy of evergreen trees and competing for limited nutrients and sunlight in overgrown forests, virgin hardwood species matured very slowly, accumulating up to 40 to 50 rings per inch. Today's rapidly maturing trees average only 5 to 10 rings per inch. These environmental factors resulted in the development of a finely grained, highly figured hardwood of exceptional quality and beauty. As of today our highest ring count has been 77 rings per inch.

In the 1800's logging mills dotted the shorelines of lakes and rivers that were adjacent to the majestic forests of North America.
Thousands of rugged lumberjacks felled millions of virgin trees that were previously untouched by man.
These logs were tied into rafts and floated to the lumber mills for processing.
Most of the lumber was used for building the great cities of the Industrial Revolution, except the logs that were lost before reaching their destination.
These logs also known as "sinkers", became waterlogged in transit and in their subsequent holding ponds and settled to the bottom.
With the forests depleted in a short period of time, the loggers returned home and the mills closed.
The logging boom of the 1800's was over.
Now forgotten, these sunken timbers would lie at the bottoms of lakes and rivers for over a century, untouched and perfectly preserved in the icy cold waters of the North.

Extensive research into log mark records by a full-time historian bridges the past with the present.
Many logs have documentation showing the logging company's name, the sawmill and the year the log was cut down and in transit.
Today, only two million board feet of recovered submerged lumber is available each year, although new domestic and international caches are continually being discovered.

Some of the ever changing species of Timeless Timber are flamed red birch, hard maple, tidewater, red cypress, beech, ash, white pine, red pine, ponderosa pine, red oak, western larch and aspen, with more species being discovered as recovers continues.



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