With Reclaimed Redwood wine tank stock by Sonoma Millworks
Architect: Mary Dooley, AIA, MAD Architecture
Builder: Kirby Construction Company, Inc.
Winner 2014 Design Award AIA Redwood Empire People’s Choice Award
In describing the repurposing of old-growth Redwood in his Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa, California, owner David Codding said:
“When we started the demolition, I realized this wood was in good shape. Of course, it looked pretty rough, but I could tell it was solid.” He and his construction team began making inquiries to find a mill that had the know-how to handle over 25,000 board feet of vintage lumber. They ended up taking it to Sonoma Millworks, a mill with a reputation for craftsmanship up in Healdsburg. Codding further remarked, “Without Sonoma Millworks we couldn’t have done this. We needed a company that really knew how to take these old beams and find the original beauty of that old-growth Redwood my Dad used over 60 years ago. We needed them milled right and needed it done on our building timeline. I never knew that Sonoma Millworks was in Healdsburg – I couldn’t have done it without them and I couldn’t have been more pleased. What an outstanding job. Those old beams are like new again. Absolutely beautiful.”
“The stuff looked pretty bad when it showed up here,” said Gordon Martin, President of Sonoma Millworks, “but once we got all the nails out and put it through the planer, we could see the grain.” Old-growth Redwood is so highly prized precisely because of its grain. Ancient trees grew slowly because the dense canopy of the forest allowed limited exposure to sunlight. Consequently, this remarkable wood has such a tight grain pattern that it can be difficult to count the rings. “The more space there is between the rings, the more sunlight, and the faster the growth.” said Martin, “You just don’t get to see this very often anymore, so we treat it like gold.”